Community encouraged to join the challenge
It starts in the heart — kindness. With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, what better way to celebrate than by showing love for others by performing good deeds.
For the second year in a row, students at Sabetha Elementary School are embarking on “The Great Kindness Challenge” during the week of Jan. 29 through Feb. 2.
Building on last year’s success, Sabetha Elementary School’s “Kindness Challenge” is including some of the same activities as last year, while also adding a few new.
Prior to the challenge week, students are being asked to consider participating in the “Kindest Sabetha Citizen Contest.” To participate, students will nominate people they know who display kindness in their community, and write an essay detailing that person and his/her kindness.
Top essays will be read at an assembly on Friday, Feb. 2, with nominees invited to attend. This activity allows adults from the community to see how their kindness spreads to the children in their lives. Also during this assembly, third grade students will perform a kindness themed song.
During the “Kindness Challenge” week, students also will enjoy a week of spirit days to keep the momentum going. Monday is Crazy for Kindness Day (wear crazy socks and hair), Tuesday is Let Kindness Shine Day (wear neon/sparkles), Wednesday is Dream of Kindness Day (wear pajamas), Thursday is Peace, Love and Kindness Day (wear tie-dye/70s attire), and Friday is Kindness is the Bluejay Way Day (wear spirit attire).
Also adding to the fun and motivation, each teacher or homeroom will be decorating their classroom door or hallway window with a kindness theme. Winners will earn a special surprise.
Students are being challenged to perform “Kindness Challenges” throughout the week. Each student will receive a list of 50 Kindness Challenges, and their task is to see how many they can complete during the week. All students who complete at least 40 challenges will earn lunch with a friend.
Adding to this challenge, students will be able to add “links” to a Kindness Chain each day. It is hoped the paper chain will form a circle.
As part of these efforts, The Sabetha Herald invites community members to step alongside SES students and lead by example — demonstrating acts of kindness. See ad on Page 8A of this week’s Herald for ideas on what you can do.
Also, The Herald staff encourages community members to write a Letter to the Editor – 250 words or less – about a person or group in our area who has displayed kindness.
The letters will be printed in the Jan. 31 issue of The Herald. Sharing these acts of kindness could create a chain reaction!