An untold number of schools across Orange County and throughout the state are taking part in the Great Kindness Challenge this week.
Created by the nonprofit group Kids for Peace, the Great Kindness Challenge is a national program devoted to capturing as many acts of kindness as possible in a single week — typically the last full week of January.
With State Superintendent Tom Torlakson’s endorsement, participating schools are encouraged to register and download a checklist and toolkit. Additionally, schools and county offices can become “Kindness Certified” by taking a few extra steps.
Of course, the Orange County Department of Education also has its own One Billion Acts of Kindness campaign, which was created to promote character, improve school climates and amplify civility all year long. You can add to the running total anytime at kindness1billion.org, and there’s even an app available for iOS and Android devices to make logging good deeds simple and more fun.
A quick Google search will reveal that there are a number of kindness campaigns out there — and the more the merrier, as far as we’re concerned. If your school or class is already a regular contributor to the One Billion Acts of Kindness initiative, we’d encourage you to learn more about the Great Kindness Challenge by downloading their official checklist and toolkit. And if you’re checking off kind acts for this week’s Great Kindness Challenge, we hope you’ll add them to OCDE’s running total.
No matter what prompts kindness, or how kind acts are counted, each act of compassion makes our world that much better.
Want to explore kindness even further? Check out “Exploring Kindness,” the latest episode of The Deeper Learning Podcast, hosted by Orange County Superintendent Dr. Mijares.