To kick-off The Great Kindness Challenge (GKC), the Glen Head School Dignity For All Club took to the stage in the Gathering Room and held a pep rally for all of the students and faculty. On stage, the students emphasized the theme, “kindness matters,” by prominently holding up the individual letters for everyone to see!
The Great Kindness Challenge is one whole school week dedicated to performing as many acts of kindness as possible. Glen Head School celebrated this week with schools around the nation during November 14-18, 2016. At the pep-rally, the Dignity for All Club challenged their peers to perform as many acts of kindness starting with just smiling to their friends and neighbors sitting beside them. Other examples included slipping a nice note in your friend’s backpack, complimenting five friends, making a new friend, making someone laugh, learning something new about a teacher, helping a younger student, recycling the trash, bringing a flower to a friend or staff member, show appreciation to the principal, say thank you to the librarian, offer to help the custodian, and be on time for school!
Mrs. Janet Goldberg said, “The Great Kindness Challenge has the power to increase empathy, tolerance, and compassion for all students from kindergarten through high school. When students perform acts of kindness they feel better about themselves and others which helps promote a school culture of kindness and peace. Over five million students in schools around the United States participated last year.”
The Great Kindness Challenge was created by Kids For Peace, in 2011, when they were asked to help stop school bullying. In 2012, the Great Kindness Challenge was piloted with 1,614 students in three schools in Carlsbad, California. By 2013, it had grown to include 113,954 students in 263 schools. In 2015, it surpassed 2.1 million students across America and last year in 2016, 5,014,362 students inspired 250,718,100 ACTS OF KINDNESS! These facts were taken from the kindnessmattersblog.org To read more about The Great Kindness Challenge, please visit www.greatkindnesschallenge.org
Many thanks to Mrs. Janet Goldberg, Mrs. Sharon Kern Richmond, and Mrs. Dayna Greenberg who helped supervise the Dignity For All Club in this important endeavor at Glen Head School. Please don’t forget to ask your children what acts of kindness they performed today and throughout the week!
Photo Caption: Article and photos by Shelly Newman
“Kindness Matters” was reiterated by students at Glen Head School in the Dignity for All Club as they encouraged their peers to participate in the Great Kindness Challenge.