The Oakridge School will join thousands of public and private schools for The 2018 Great Kindness Challenge (GKC). Leaders hope to create and celebrate a culture of kindness around the world.
Oakridge students will receive a GKC checklist with a number of kind acts to be completed Jan. 22-26. Early Childhood Center students have a list of ten good deeds; Lower School students have a list of 50; Middle School and Upper School students have a free app that will allow them to keep track of their progress in completing acts of kindness.
"Our goal is that we make this week our happiest week of the year as our students learn the joy that comes from helping and encouraging others," said Dr. Sarah Schecter, Head of Lower School.
In addition to completing acts of kindness, students will have an opportunity to show unity and support for the initiative by adding to their uniforms. Tuesday, students will be allowed to wear crazy socks to show that they are "crazy for kindness." They are asked to wear their favorite jacket or coat with their uniform on Wednesday to help "coat the world with kindness." Thursday, it's "hats off to kindness" as students will be allowed to wear their favorite hat with their uniform.
The Great Kindness Challenge was created by Kids for Peace to provide schools a tool for creating a positive school environment. In 2017, more than 10-million students participated and performed over half a billion acts of kindness nationwide. The Great Kindness Challenge is generously sponsored by Dignity Health, Peaceable Kingdom, ViaSat, Nordson, NRG, and McGraw-Hill Education and supported by Hasbro's Be Fearless Be Kind. Visit www.greatkindnesschallenge.org for more information about the event.