‘The Great Kindness Challenge’ at Solana Highlands School
tudents color bookmarks for friends and thank you notes for the school nurse.
This week Solana Highlands Elementary School students are taking on The Great Kindness Challenge, which challenges students to complete as many kind tasks on a list of 50 during the week as they can.
The Great Kindness Challenge is a national effort, created by Kids for Peace.
Some of the challenges are easier, like giving a hug or smiling at 25 people. Others require a little time, like making a bookmark for a friend or writing a thank you note to the school nurse — which students were doing at a station set up on the playground on Monday afternoon.
Some of the other challenges included walking or riding your bike to school instead of driving, saying “Good morning” to 15 people, sending a thank you to Superintendent Nancy Lynch, reading a book to a younger child, telling an instructional aide you appreciate what they do, whispering “Thank you” to the librarian or picking up 10 pieces of trash on campus.
“The hardest one I would say is to make a new friend, because it takes a long time to convince someone to be my friend,” said student council member Marci Tran.
Student council members were in charge of leading activities at lunchtime during the week and encouraging others to participate in the Challenge.
“It has always been our goal at Solana Highlands to not only teach students to be great students and have academic success, but also teach them to be great people,” wrote Principal Jerry Jones in the school newsletter.
— Karen Billing
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