Rise & Shine

The Be Kind People Project’s Rise & Shine Breakfast is an inspiring community event that offers guests the opportunity to hear from inspirational speakers including student winners of our spring essay contest, participate in a unique service opportunity, enjoy performances by the BE KIND CREW, and celebrate those who are making a difference as they enjoy Breakfast & Bellinis. The Be Kind People Project hosted its annual Rise & Shine Breakfast on Friday, April 28th, 2023 at The Arizona Biltmore. Subscribe to our newsletter for an invitation to the 2024 Rise & Shine Breakfast. 

Highlights from Rise & Shine

Voices of Kindness

Hear from student winners of The National BE KIND Make a Difference Essay Contest.

Connect with Kindness
Attend a unique networking event focused on kindness and community.
Cheers to Kindness
Enjoy breakfast & bellinis with us as we celebrate those who are making a difference.
Groove with Kindness

Experience breathtaking performances by THE BE KIND CREW!

Celebrate Kindness

Help us honor the “Kindness Star” award winners. 

Initiate Kindness

Participate in a special service opportunity. 

Be Inspired by Kindness
Be encouraged by actions and opportunities to make a difference.

2023 Award Winners

Honoring Margaret Serna

Executive Director of Elementary Education
Scottsdale Unified School District

Ms. Serna received the 2023 Kindness Star Award for Excellence in Education for her positive attitude and her tireless energy encouraging students to work hard and succeed.

Margaret Serna is the current Executive Director of Elementary Education for the Scottsdale Unified School District. She has eighteen years of teaching experience, twenty-three years as a principal, and seven years as a district leader. Margaret specializes in educating the whole child and believes elementary school children’s successful, well-rounded futures are always driven by kindness, inclusion, and empathy.

Honoring Ruby James

Eloy Elementary School District

Ms. James received the 2023 Kindness Star Award for Excellence in Education for being a true advocate for children and lifelong learning.

Ms. Ruby James is the Superintendent of Eloy Elementary School District in Eloy, Arizona. She has been in education for over 38 years. Ms. James is the first female and first African-American Superintendent to lead Eloy Elementary. Ms. James graduated from Santa Cruz Valley Union High School in 1980. Ms. James is a true reflection of her parents Robert and Celestine James when it comes to her work ethic. Education and hard work was valued in her family. Her motto is “Her pride is inside of every student educated at Eloy Elementary.”

Thank You to our Generous 2023 Rise & Shine Supporters and Sponsors

Be Supportive Sponsor

Althletes for Arizona

Be Encouraging Sponsor

Fennemore Law

BE KIND Care Pack Sponsor


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