“Kind People are My Kind of People” is a pretty great statement, and it’s one that Kristi VanHoveln and her 7th graders at Milford Grade School are sharing with everyone as they kicked off the second MGS Kindness Challenge last week. The initiative pushes all students and staff to make kindness a priority every single day, and it will continue for just over a month, finishing up on Valentine’s Day.


VanHoveln brought the Kindness Challenge to life at the grade school last year as an extension of a Kindness Challenge in one of her Social and Emotional Learning classes, and she and her students are bringing it back this year to continue empowering youth and show them that they can change the world through kindness. With everyone doing their part, the goal is to reach 36,000 acts of kindness by February 14th, which equals everyone doing 3 every single day.


The challenge is fun and inspiring, and includes weekly themes to show different ways students and staff can complete their acts of kindness. The first week’s theme, for example,  was “If you see someone without a smile, give them one of yours,” and an upcoming week’s theme is “Kindness comes in many forms but always from the heart,” with a challenge for students to write a note on a heart to an adult who has helped them. Every time a teacher sees one of their students doing an act of kindness they write it on a strip of paper provided to them, and the strips are already being strung together and hung down the grade school hallway, which is a great way to physically see and read about kind things and inspire each one of us to try and do more of them ourselves.


The challenge is a fantastic time for students all the way from Kindergarten to 8th grade to be influencers in the best kind of way, and the best part is that kindness spreads and often extends to home and out into the community as well. There isn’t much that beats empowering young students to be leaders in such a positive way, and we hope to see the Kindness Challenge continue for years to come at the school. Continue to keep an eye out for kids doing kind things, and help us spread the challenge through the entire district!

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