ROCHESTER, NY- Rochester School for the Deaf Elementary School Department is participating in the Great Kindness Challenge program for a second year in a row. RSD is an official Kindness Certified School, in recognition of the school’s commitment to creating a culture of kindness on its campus.
The Great Kindness Challenge is a proactive and positive bullying prevention initiative that improves school climate and increases student engagement. The Great Kindness Challenge - School Edition is one week devoted to performing as many acts of kindness as possible on campus. Using a kindness checklist, students accept the challenge and show the world that KINDNESS MATTERS! The School Edition is an annual one-week challenge during the last week of January 27 - 31, 2020. Essentially, it is one week devoted to performing as many acts of kindness as possible on campus. The timeline is flexible and schools, like RSD, can implement their Acts of Kindness whenever works best for them.
In the inaugural year of the Great Kindness Challenge last school year, Elementary Schoolers at RSD were encouraged to color in Kindness Bookmarks with the hope that they would be randomly distributed to students and staff as well as donated to a local library. Students and staff at RSD hope to repeat this same project this year and expand it to include as many classrooms as possible. Other kindness-related projects and random acts of kindness will occur during the school year as well.
At the heart of The Great Kindness Challenge is the simple belief that kindness is strength. It instills in students and teachers a belief that any action that’s repeated over and over becomes a habit. With the Great Kindness Challenge checklist in hand, students can repeat kind act after kind act after kind act. As kindness becomes a habit, the culture is shifted, and peace becomes possible. This is a grassroots movement to make schools, like RSD, communities and our world a kinder and more compassionate place for all.
Kids for Peace is a California-based global nonprofit that provides a platform for youth to actively engage in socially-conscious leadership, community service, global friendships, and thoughtful acts of kindness. Over 13 million youth in 121 countries actively create a culture of peace through their two programs, The Great Kindness Challenge and The Peace Pledge Program. www.kidsforpeaceglobal.org
For more information on Kids for Peace or The Great Kindness Challenge please contact Jill McManigal at +1.760.730.3320.