Local students spread kindness in week-long Great Kindness Challenge


This week elementary, middle and high school students all over Bakersfield took part in the Great Kindness Challenge.

Partnered with Dignity Health, schools promoted kindness with different activities.

Students at McKinley Elementary parented up, learning more about each other.

“It teaches them to learn different things about each other, strengths and weakness and things they have in common,” McKinley teacher Raquel Browden said.

Bimat Elementary School students like Daniela Dibble also took part in the challenge, writing and delivering letters of encouragement to cancer patients at the Comprehensive Blood and Cancer Center.

“We are all in this together,” Dibble wrote on her letter. “I sincerely hope you feel better and can keep pursuing your dreams.”

Centennial High School students joined the movement with Ford Dimension Dream Builders launching the “Best Buddies” program.

“It’s about pairing up general education students with special needs and creating friendships,” Dawn Bransby, Centennial High student and Ford Dream Builder, said.

The challenge may be a week long, but kindness doesn’t have an expiration date.

“The goal here is to just make our students be kinder to each other,” Delia Borrow at Hort Elementary School said. “I know the focus is one week, but we’re hoping that by doing this all week it keeps going every day out of the whole year.”

Derek and David Carr also joined the Great Kindness Challenge, posting videos on Facebook challenging students and the community to keep spreading kindness every day.

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