(January 26-January 31, 2014) This week students at Phillips Avenue and Roanoke Avenue Elementary Schools have been making an extra effort to be kind both at school and at home because they are participating in THE GREAT KINDNESS CHALLENGE. The CHALLENGE is a nationwide program in which schools are encouraged to devote one week to performing as many acts of kindness as possible. (Check out the KINDNESS LIST.)

The student participation at Phillips and Roanoke was encouraged by each school’s “Peacemakers” group. ("Peacemakers" is a student-initiated anti-bullying movement coordinated by CAP social worker Shannon Kutner). Students are encouraged to do things like: complimenting 5 people, slipping a nice note into a friend’s backpack, hugging a friend, bringing a flower to the office staff, offering to help the custodian, etc. It is hoped that the CHALLENGE will help create a culture of kindness in school and increase tolerance, unity and respect for all.

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