“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted” -Aesop
During the week of January 25th, the Oak Ridge School participated in the Great Kindness Challenge along with 7,701 schools in 61 countries. The Great Kindness Challenge is one week dedicated to creating a culture of kindness on campuses nationwide. Our students are a part of a powerful and positive bullying prevention initiative that will lead to more kindness, unity and respect.
All students received a GKC checklist with 50 kind deeds to do to show the world that Kindness Matters. To help multiply this momentum, we participated in a global service project “Kind Coins for Kenya.” All students are invited to collect spare change throughout the week. The collected money will be used to help build a new school in a village in Kenya. It’s a great opportunity for our students to learn about another culture, expand their compassion and become active global citizens. We collected nearly $1,000 dollars!
Our school buzzed with kindness!!! During the week students wore different clothes (beachwear, school colors, crazy clothes, etc.) as part of a Spirit Week to show their commitment to being Kind Kids.
Hundreds of rocks have been painted with kind messages to add to the Kindness Rock project at the Sandwich Boardwalk and place around our community to brighten peoples’ days. Students have been making posters for classrooms at Forestdale, bookmarks for friends, Thank Yous for staff, and much more!
The week’s culminating activity was the Kindness Tunnel, which was created by an enthusiastic group of School, Town, and Community Supporters. Coast Guard officers, Sandwich Police and Fire Officers, Town Government Officials joined our friends from the Sandwich Public Library, the School Committee, the Superintendent and administrators from Forestdale and SHS. Students were cheered as they entered school, with clapping and high fives to celebrate their Week of Kindness and for being Kind Kids! SHS Students lined the upstairs balcony to extend the cheering. We really appreciated their participation and the kindness they modeled – it was a No School Day for them; they could have been in bed!!! It was an amazing conclusion to an amazing week at Oak Ridge School.
The Respect for Human Differences Committee & Exploring the 7Cs teachers are working hard to create a culture of kindness and compassion!
To learn more about The Great Kindness Challenge, please visit: www.greatkindnesschallenge.org
We also really enjoyed a video produced by the Falmouth Public Schools: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T3G6amBvyOs