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The Great Kindness Challenge
Teaching Kindness in School
During the week of January 25th, South School joined hundreds of schools across the country for the 2016 Great Kindness Challenge (http://www.greatkindnesschallenge.org). This challenge seeks to create a culture of kindness on school campuses nationwide.
South School’s Kindness Week targeted three areas: Our school, our community and our world. Throughout the school week students participated in kindness activities, lessons and projects to boost acts of kindness in our school. Students made a pledge to be kind, wrote kindness notes to other students and staff and created posters for our hallways with messages of kindness.
South School students and staff also promoted kindness within our community by holding a food drive for a local food pantry. Boxes for students to put nonperishable food items in were located in the front lobby throughout the week. We also joined many other schools across the country in a global service project, to promote world kindness, called “Kind Coins for Kenya”. Students and staff were invited to donate spare change during kindness week to this cause. The money collected will be used to help build a new school in a village in Kenya through the Kids for Peace organization (http://www.kidsforpeaceglobal.org). Students learned about the students in this village during classroom guidance and library lessons.
South School ended kindness week with an assembly to celebrate our acts of kindness and for the big reveal of our “Kind Coins for Kenya” and food drive totals! We are excited to announce that South School raised $500.06 for “Kind Coins for Kenya” and 142 food items for the local food pantry!
Teaching kindness in school has the power to increase tolerance, unity and respect for all ages and is essential to preventing bullying. Children best learn kindness by feeling it so they can reproduce it. Children need a healthy dose of kind words and actions to thrive as healthy, happy, well-rounded individuals. Our hope is that this week taught our students here at South School that it is not only important to be kind to the individuals that they see every day, but individuals in our community and throughout the world. We’d like to thank our school counselor, Monica Karam, for organizing this great weeklong event!