During the week of January 16-January 20 our students and staff participated in The Great Kindness Challenge. The purpose of the challenge was to help us to create a culture of kindness, increase tolerance, unity, and respect, reduce bullying, empower students of all ages, create a positive change, and reduce stress.
We began the week with a student-led kick-off announcement on the public announcement speaker that was followed by the playing of the Kind Hearted-Hand song. Free compliment posters with tear-off strips for co-workers to give to each other to show kindness were posted in various places throughout the school and left in the teacher mailroom for anyone to take and use. A Kindness Matters Station was set up during various lunch times with arts and craft supplies for students and staff to take to create something and give to someone to show kindness. Additionally, downloadable activities were placed on our common drive for teachers to print for their students as well as available at the Kindness Matters Station and in the teacher mailroom. Furthermore, a Kindness Counts book by Bryan Smith was available in the teacher mailroom for teachers to check out to read to their students. Letters were sent home to parents the prior week to make parents aware so they can participate in their community. Lastly, a Kindness Tree with leaves was put on a bulletin board for all acts of kindness to be represented on a leaf. What an un-be-leaf-avable kind week!
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