KCS Launches The Great Kindness Challenge

KCS Launches The Great Kindness Challenge
Posted on 02/09/2017
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Kannapolis City Schools is launching The Great Kindness Challenge during the week of February 13 – 17. The district created the project as part of National Random Acts of Kindness Week. It is intended to support a culture of kindness throughout the district.

 

During the week, students are challenged to fill Kannapolis City Schools with kindness to see what a positive difference they can make. “We truly believe that kindness matters,” says KCS Director of Student Services, Dr. Jessica Grant. “All of our teachers, counselors, and staff work hard to develop strong social and emotional skills within our students. We value empathy and compassion, and we want to give our students opportunities to apply those skills and show off their big hearts.”

 

Grant is spearheading the Great Kindness Challenge along with all KCS counselors. Every school and the district office is taking part in the effort. Activities include creating Random Act of Kindness walls where students can post their kindness efforts. There are Kindness Trees where students can add hearts with the kind deeds they have done. Some schools are creating Kindness Chains that will stretch around the school while others have stations where students can write kind notes or create bookmarks for teachers and students. There are 10-Hug Challenges, efforts to encourage making new friends, flooding the cafeteria staff with words of kindness, and dozens more activities. Central office staff are participating by helping with lunch or car-rider duties or taking part in random acts of kindness.

 

The schools and district have even created "be Kind" t-shirts and bracelets that will be worn during the week. The district will use the hashtag #beKind on social media as staff and students share the good deeds they do during the week. 

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The Great Kindness Challenge is part of Kannapolis City Schools’ overall effort to encourage positive behavior at all grade levels. The district has included Character and Soft Skills development as part of its strategic plan, and it is implementing the Positive Behavior Intervention System (PBIS) throughout the district.

 

The Great Kindness Challenge will wrap up Friday, February 17, which is Random Act of Kindness Day. 

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