St. Amelia School Takes the Great Kindness Challengeby Virginia Wallace
Students at St. Amelia School spent Catholic Schools Week participating in The Great Kindness Challenge; a proactive and positive anti-bullying initiative that improves school climate and increases student engagement.
The Challenge, created by Kids for Peace to provide schools a tool for creating a positive school environment, asks students to devote one week to performing as many acts of kindness as possible. So, between January 26th and January 30th the students and teachers of St. Amelia's were asked to complete 50 acts of kindness to prove that bullying is weak and kindness is strength. To successfully complete the challenge, the acts were to be accomplished anytime while on campus, but students were also encouraged to continue sharing their kindness at home, in their communities and in our world.
Of the program, Miss Ziarnowski, the St. Amelia Junior High Religion teacher said "The Great Kindness Challenge was an interesting experience because although we promote kindness daily, this challenge presented the opportunity to work to achieve tangible goals. By completing the checklists of kind acts, the students were motivated to look outside themselves and serve others. There seemed to be a greater sense of gratitude and thoughtfulness throughout the week, as the school was specifically focusing on increasing kind behavior."
The Great Kindness Challenge provides a powerful tool that actively engages students, teachers, administration, families and community in creating a school culture of acceptance, tolerance, unity and respect.
In meeting the challenge, the nearly 700 students and teachers at St. Amelia School completed 35,000 acts of kindness in one week!
Watch the 4th grade students sing about they will "Take Responsibility."
Read the lyrics of the Take Responsibility song.