Keep The Kindness Going: This year's Great Kindness Challenge may have already come to pass, but amidst the hardship spawned by the Covid-19 pandemic kindness is as important as ever. Below are some ideas of ways you can bring kindness to your family and community safely in this time of need.
I pledge to use my words to speak in a kind way.
- Send Peaceful Pen Pal letters to other kids in the USA. Sign up here.
- Create an entry for the "I am Powerful" Kids for Peace Book “Contest.” This will be our 5th book. Flier & Book Entry Form.
- Write and mail a card to a senior citizen who can no longer receive visitors due to the COVID-19 situation. If you don’t know an elder to write to, you my send a generic card to a “Grandfriend” at your closest senior living facility.
- Hold gratitude circles at dinnertime.
- Call or FaceTime friends, Grandparents, or Grandfriends just to say hello.
- Make up a poem with a positive message.
- Write positive messages on Post-It Notes and place on mirrors in your house.
- Make Peace Rocks. Paint rocks with kind words and place them around town to delight your neighbors.
I pledge to help others as I go throughout my day.
- Do household chores without being asked - make your bed, pick up your toys, clean your room/bathroom.
- Whenever possible, avoid time with people outside your family to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
- Offer to pick up mail or run errands for elderly neighbors and leave shopping bags on their doorstep.
I pledge to care for our earth with my healing heart and hands.
- Take a hike or visit the beach and pick up litter along the way.
- Learn about recycling in your community and discover something new.
- Water your plants, pick weeds.
- Harvest seeds from fruits and replant them.
- Learn about composting and practice in your own garden.
I pledge to respect people in each and every land.
- Discover something new about a different culture or a different country.
- Listen to music from different parts of the world.
- Pick at least one country from each continent and discover their favorite food/dish.
I pledge to join together as we unite the big and small.
- Send letters or cards to Senior Homes, Memory Care, Hospice facilities since they are not able to have visitors at this time.
- Spend time taking care of your pet - feed them, brush them, walk them, clean up after them.
I pledge to do my part to create PEACE for one and all.
- Design your own string of peace flags using old clothes, paint, or whatever materials you have available at home.
- Create a kind rainbow.
The Great Kindness Challenge is one week dedicated to creating a culture of kindness on campuses nationwide. The Butte County Office of Education, along side our schools are proudly participating in this proactive, positive bullying prevention initiative. Students and adults will receive a GKC Checklist with 50 kind deeds. We are encouraging everyone to complete the checklist and show the world that kindness matters!
How To Participate:
To sign up your school or classroom, go to the Great Kindness Challenge Website. Once there, you will be required to make an account, and complete a short registration process before receiving all the necessary materials. Including Kindness Checklists (Standard and Jr. versions) as well as a Great Kindness Challenge Toolkit, which will help you implement the challenge at your school. The Toolkit also contains ideas for other activities your school can do to help spread the kindness.
The Great Kindness Challenge is
week of January 27 - 31, 2020
- School Checklist
- Junior Edition Checklist
- Kindness Certified School Certificate
- Great Kindness Challenge Flyer
- Great Kindness Challenge Toolkit
Great Kindness Challenge Website: http://www.greatkindnesschallenge.org/
For more information,
Contact Student Engagement and Events Manager Mary Ellen Garrahy