ec great kindness challenge webThis school year, Elm Creek Elementary is proving that kindness is in its culture. After successful Kindness in Chalk and Kindness in Post-it Notes® events last fall, students at the school turned their attention to the Great Kindness Challenge from Jan. 23-27.

Now in its sixth year, the Great Kindness Challenge is a positive and proactive bullying prevention initiative for students of all ages. The event is sponsored by Kids for Peace, a nonprofit organization that seeks to “create peace through youth leadership, community service, global friendships, and thoughtful acts of kindness,” according to its website.

Throughout the week, Elm Creek students were equipped with checklists to help spur their acts of kindness. Tasks included “smile at 25 people,” “hug your friend” and “help someone up if they fall down.” 

The week also included a kindness-themed artwork contest, giving students the chance to work together and decorate their classroom’s door, wall, hallway area, or lockers. Duane Poppe, mayor of Osseo, served as judge of the contest and also visited with students to reinforce the week’s messages of kindness and compassion.

The Great Kindness Challenge started in 2012 with three California schools participating; this year more than 12,000 schools and 10 million students from across the U.S. took part. Learn more.  

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