Month: December 2018


Passive Program of the Month
Lollipop Moments

School: Missouri State University Region: MACURH
Person in charge: Kelly Adams Nominator: Kelly Adams

Target Population: 45 Time Needed to Organize: 1 Day
Number of People in Attendance: Date(s) of Program:
Number of People Needed to Organize: 1 Cost of Program: $5
On-Campus Population: 4200 Chapter Size: 42

Origin of Program:

In a discussion with my supervisor at the conclusion of the fall 2017 semester, there was a lot of sadness in our residence hall. She told me about a Ted Talk about Lollipop Moments called “Leading with Lollipops” that she thought might help with finding a solution. She thought this would not only help us with feeling better by telling others how much the little things they did meant to us, but she also thought it would help the receiving party realize how meaningful they are. Lollipop Moments began as a way of recognizing fellow staff members, people on campus and residents during Resident Assistants’ weekly reports. Lollipop moments are a way to give a shout-out to people who have done something that has meant something special to the person writing the lollipop moment, no matter how big or small. Just something impactful.

Word Count: 144

Please give a short description of the program:

Lollipop Moments quickly became my favorite part of writing my weekly report. It became a rewarding process of documenting all the great things that people did during the week and then writing a Lollipop Moment so others could realize the impact they made. A sample Lollipop Moment could be something as simple as, “to ___ for walking with me to my car in the cold last night so I didn’t have to walk alone”. After writing this note, the note is attached to a lollipop and then delivered into the recipient’s mailbox.

Some Lollipop Moments highlight an activity that occurred, some highlight a high point in someone’s week, while others tell someone that what they did turned their really bad day into a great one. Lollipop Moments can make the recipient laugh at a wonderful memory or smile at an impact they didn’t realize they made. After I had written several Lollipop Moments for countless residents on my floor, they told me how much they loved them, and I saw them hanging up the small messages I wrote them on their walls, I decided to take Lollipop Moments from my weekly report and make it an activity in my floor community.

I told residents that they could write Lollipop Moments to others on the floor. I told them to slip a piece of paper under my door with the resident’s name they were sending the Lollipop Moment to and then they could write whatever message they wanted. If they wanted to sign their name they could or they had the option of sending them anonymously. I would then take the slip of paper, attach it to the lollipop, and then deliver it to the resident’s mailbox for a sweet surprise.

Word Count: 291

Goals of the program:

The two main goals of the program are to: 1. Build community on the floor. After a small incident on my floor had residents blaming each other for things, our strong community began to struggle a little bit. I thought it was best to address this issue with positivity and remind each other that we really do care about each other. I thought Lollipop Moments would be the perfect way to do so. 2. To remind residents about the difference they make daily. I think it is extremely important for everyone to realize how appreciated they are. Giving residents the opportunity to recognize others even if they don’t feel comfortable saying “thank you” face- to-face is important. Lollipop Moments allow them to do this. Plus, residents can keep the slip of paper with the Lollipop Moment to look back on when they’re feeling at a low. Lollipop Moments are always a source of encouragement if you save them and read them later.

Word Count: 162

Positive and lasting effects of the program:

A lasting effect of this program is that residents will be reminded that they are important and valued by others. In college where a lot of mental health issues are present, I think it is crucial for people to realize that we truly appreciate them as individuals and friends. The slip of paper that is attached to the lollipop is a reminder that they can hold onto forever as a reminder of a time when they made a positive difference in someone’s life. Another positive effect of this program is that it reminds others the importance of being thankful. While they enjoy receiving Lollipop Moments, this also helps encourage them to pay attention to what others do for them so they can also recognize others for what they do.

Word Count: 129

Short evaluation of the program:

December was a busy month for all my residents so I didn’t want to push another activity like this on them too fast. I mostly spread information about this program via word of mouth, however it was still a success. This just shows that when I make it a bigger deal in January that I believe it will be even more successful. Residents enjoy writing these Lollipop Moments just as much as they like receiving them. It’s an excellent way to continue to grow our strong Woods 4 community. This upcoming semester I plan on making it a bigger way to recognize others by allowing my residents to write to anyone living on campus and then I can deliver the Lollipop Moments to their mailboxes.

Word Count: 125

How could this program be adapted to other campuses?

This program can easily be adapted to any other campus. All I needed to make it successful was access to residents’ mailboxes so I could deliver the Lollipop Moments. I definitely think having written Lollipop Moments to several of my residents prior to implementing this program helped it be successful. My residents knew how great it felt to get a Lollipop Moment so I think it made them more excited to write them. In addition, I think it’s important to show the residents the video about Lollipop Moments so they understand them a little better. Otherwise, this program is extremely easy to implement and is so rewarding to be a part of!

Word Count: 112

Date of entry into database: 2019-01-04 23:02:41

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