The Great Kindness Challenge actively engages students, teachers, administrators, families, and communities in creating a culture of compassion, acceptance, unity, and respect. It is a proactive and positive bullying prevention initiative that improves school climate and increases student engagement. The Great Kindness Challenge is one week devoted to performing as many acts of kindness as possible on campus.
At McKinley Elementary, students received a checklist of kind acts (12 acts in PreK-2 and 50 acts in grades 3-6) to perform at school and at home. Each day there was a kindness free dress theme including Team up for Kindness; Crazy for Kindness; Peace, Love, and Kindness; I Dream of Kindness; and Kindness the McKinley Way. During recess, students had an opportunity to participate in a Kindness Center in the library where they were able to make cards and signs in order to show kindness to those around them.
Because McKinley Elementary participated in The Great Kindness Challenge, we are now a Kindness Certified School. Check out our Kindness Seal on the school website and our Kindness Certificate in the front office!