NEWS-JOURNAL EDITORIAL: Kindness Challenge is good for students

Students at Mitchell County schools are about to get kinder as they begin participation in the Great Kindness Challenge, a program that spans over five days and aims to uplift the lives of students.

The Great Kindness Challenge began at Gouge Elementary Friday, Feb. 8, when students learned they would be raising money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, where a former Gouge and current Bowman student, Chase Ambrose, is currently undergoing treatment for leukemia.

Gouge students will also take home a list of simple ways they can show kindness. If they complete at least 10, they can return the sheet and get a prize. 

Students at Deyton Elementary are making “Thank You” Cards for various school staff, such as bus drivers, custodians, maintenance staff, bus garage staff, office staff, teachers, nurses and counselors. Deyton students are also making Valentine’s Day cards for hospice patients.

Bowman Middle School students are sponsoring a schoolwide dance with all proceeds going to St. Jude. Bowman students are also having a “penny war” between the seventh and eighth grades and the fifth and sixth grades. Individual classrooms are also collecting donations in baskets provided by the county office.

The challenge is an effort to teach a culture of kindness, according to The Great Kindness Challenge’s website. 

The Great Kindness Challenge is a proactive and positive bullying prevention initiative that improves school climate and increases student engagement. The Great Kindness Challenge is devoted to performing as many acts of kindness as possible in schools. 

This year more than 10 million students at more than 19,000 schools in more than 100 countries will perform more than 500 million acts of kindness during the challenge.

Let’s do our part in helping our students spread kindness, positivity and take a stand against bullying in school.

The MItchell News

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