#kindness1billion: Centralia School District holds kindness challenge week


Bucket filling, kindness stations and dance parties are among the ways campuses in the Centralia School District are participating in the Great Kindness Challenge this week.

Inspired by State Superintendent Tom Torlakson’s message encouraging schools to devote a week to performing as many kind acts as possible, the challenge was kicked off with a resolution by Centralia’s Board of Trustees — and it happens to fit nicely with OCDE’s campaign to reach a billion acts of kindness.

From Sept. 19 through Sept. 22, each Centralia school is hosting daily activities and setting up kindness stations, where participants are completing kindness checklists and making posters featuring positive statements. Students have event been placing buckets around campus for others to contribute kind words or comments.

“We know that meeting the social and emotional needs of each individual takes an environment of change and kindness,” said Centralia Superintendent Norma Martinez. “By facilitating a climate of kindness – not just for students but for staff — we strive to be the place in a person’s day where they know they are safe, valued and encouraged to develop a global sense of community.”

Founded in 1875, the Centralia School District serves approximately 4,500 students from eight elementary schools in the cities of Buena Park, Anaheim and La Palma. To learn more about the district, click here.