This year’s theme for the weeklong initiative was “Grow Kindness,” which encouraged students to let kindness flourish by following checklists or crafting their own creative ideas for how to share compassion on campus.
In the Brea Olinda Unified School District, students at Mariposa Elementary School celebrated the challenge by greeting arriving classmates with pompoms and signs written with encouraging words.
Meanwhile, the Buena Park School District hosted its second annual Kinder Kindness Week, where students learned how to foster more positive environments at school, at home and in their communities.
About 375 kindergartners throughout the district created artwork representing the ways they spread kindness, like making new friends, planting trees, using good manners and tidying up their neighborhoods. Each school has placed the students’ drawings on display in the hopes of passing on goodwill to their classmates and visiting parents.
“I hope that the Kinder Kindness event inspires our students to be kind year-round,” said special projects teacher Charlene Ball in a press release. “We want to teach students that their first instinct should be kindness and that it’s always best to be naturally kind.”
At the end of the Kinder Kindness festivities, each Buena Park student was rewarded with a medal or superhero cape for their efforts to care for their community.
The OCDE Newsroom has gathered a collection of social media posts showcasing some of the ways that schools and districts accomplished the Great Kindness Challenge in their classrooms.