Number of Participants: 34
Hours Donated: 1
Value of Time Served: $287
Event Type: Children & Youth
Date: February 14, 2022
Throughout the hallways of Covert Avenue School, acts of kindness and words of compassion were encouraged tenfold during the Great Kindness Challenge, held from Jan. 24-28.
To assist students in spreading acts of kindness, the school distributed Great Kindness Challenge checklists to be completed and held a kindness-themed Spirit Week with designated dress-up prompts and activities. The week-long event was organized by teachers Annemarie DeBartolo and Jessica Forrer.
Students started the week with a Kindness Kickoff, wearing sneakers to school to symbolize “kicking off the week with kindness.” For the activity, they decorated paper sneakers and wrote one act of kindness on each one. On Tuesday, for “Being Kind Takes Character” day, students wore shirts with characters on them and wrote something kind about themselves on a paper figurine. Sunglasses and neon colors were the dress code for “Kindness is Kool” day. After being given sunglasses-shaped templates, students were asked to write something kind about two of their classmates.
On Thursday, students wore sweatshirts for “Being Kind is No Sweat” day and participated in an “I emoji you!” activity. Students wrote compliments to any member of the school community on the provided paper emojis. The week concluded with “Spread Kindness Like Confetti” day. Each grade level was given a specific color to wear to represent a rainbow. The final activity was for teachers to assist their class in writing a kindness acrostic poem. All the projects were displayed in the hallways or inside the classrooms.
Photo Caption: Covert Avenue School students dressed in colors of the rainbow for the Great Kindness Challenge week.
Photo Courtesy of the Elmont Union Free School District