For the entire week, schools across the world will take part in the Great Kindness Challenge and local campuses are hoping to foster happiness within the classroom that will go beyond the final bell.
Created by the non-profit, Kids For Peace, local elementary, middle, and high schools are partnering with Dignity Health, and Mercy and Memorial hospitals throughout the week.
Schools will be fulfilling checklists through student-driven activities, such as writing get-well cards for local hospital patients and celebrating their classroom peers by recognizing each others strengths.
“Learning to not only celebrate themselves, but to learn different things about other students, and to be able to celebrate each other as well. It’s like learning to do something positive,” behavior specialist Raqueil Browden said.
In the end, administrators have a simple objective: To help students realize that they have more in common than not, and the smallest gestures of kindness go the longest way.