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Great Kindness Challenge Week

California Department of Education
Official Letter
California Department of Education
Official Letter
January 20, 2017

Dear County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators:

THE GREAT KINDNESS CHALLENGE WEEK
JANUARY 23–27, 2017

I am pleased to announce the 2017 Great Kindness Challenge Week and invite all California schools to participate.

Presented by Kids for Peace, this national program is a terrific way to promote kindness at our public schools. The challenge also matches perfectly with the California Department of Education’s (CDE) ongoing efforts to meet the social and emotional needs of the whole child.

The Great Kindness Challenge is one week devoted to performing as many acts of kindness as possible, choosing from a 50-item checklist. Let’s show our students that kindness is cool.

Participants can check off acts as they go. Compliment five people; do a household chore without being asked; help an elder cross the street; make a thank you card for your librarians. There are so many exciting ways we can promote a culture of acceptance and tolerance that will spread from school grounds into neighborhoods and on to local communities.

Help create a culture of kindness on your campus. It is free, easy to implement, prevents bullying, and has the power to increase tolerance, unity, and respect for all levels of learning from early education through high school.

Last year, over 5 million students participated in the challenge and so far this year, 8 million students in over 10,000 schools nationwide have signed up. Let’s help the organizers reach their goal of 10 million participants.

For more details, including a Kindness Checklist and Toolkit, please visit the Great Kindness Challenge Web site at http://www.greatkindnesschallenge.org/.

I encourage everyone to participate in this wonderful endeavor and have fun with it. Thank you for taking the time to learn about this outstanding program.

Sincerely,

Tom Torlakson

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2017-00486

Last Reviewed: Thursday, March 5, 2020

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