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Rehoboth students take kindness challenge

International program encourages kids to prevent bullying
Shown with students who brought her flowers as part of The Great Kindness Challenge is school secretary Susan Krause with (l-r) Jonah Coughenhour, Eric Uffelman, Chesney Morris, Isaiah Blackwell, Keagan McMahon, Natalie Nails, Alexander Espinosa, Emerson Sheldon. BY SHANNON MARVEL
February 17, 2015

For five days, Jan. 26-30, Rehoboth Elementary School students joined students throughout the nation in The Great Kindness Challenge. Schools dedicated the week to creating a culture of preventing bullying through kindness and respect.

This year, 2.1 million students in nearly 4,000 schools and 47 countries participated in The Great Kindness Challenge.

Rehoboth Elementary students each received a checklist of 50 kindness challenges to complete during a week highlighted by themed “spirit days.” Students who completed the whole checklist received a “cool to be kind” wristband.

Kind Healthy Snacks supported the program by requesting student hand prints to break the Guinness World Record for most kindhearted hand prints. Each student that sent a hand print will receive a Kind bar.

Third-graders Lainey Shockro and Cadence McMahon completed their checklists and dressed up for spirit days.

“My favorite day this week was Wednesday, because we got to wear tie-dye and dress as 1970s people,” Cadence said.

Judy Hudson, a social worker at Rehoboth Elementary, complimented the girls’ year-round kindness and respect for their peers. “These two are kind every day. Cadence is kind in the community, where she volunteers a lot. Lainey is the epitome of a good sport, being very athletic.”

For more information about The Great Kindness Challenge, go to www.greatkindnesschallenge.org.