JOIN US IN THE FAMILY KINDNESS CHALLENGE
When it seems like there’s nothing but stressful news in the world, there’s only one thing to do: Spread as much joy as you can! A new program called The Great Kindness Challenge: Family Edition encourages—and empowers— families to not only deepen their connections with each other, but their communities too.
The program grew out of an in-school initiative created in 2012 by the Carlsbad, Ca-based nonprofit Kids for Peace, led by veteran teacher and cofounder Jill Mcmanigal. She and a group of students brainstormed a checklist of 50 ways to be kind at school during a single week.
“It was a way for kids to do something positive to create a culture of inclusion, joy, and respect,” Mcmanigal says. The program was a hit at the three founding schools, and the word quickly spread, inspiring hundreds of new schools to join the challenge every year. In 2017, 10 million students in more than 15,000 schools worldwide participated.
The next goal, with the help of partner Hasbro and its Be Fearless Be Kind initiative, is to bring the program into your home. To get started, simply make a pledge to complete 50 acts of kindness—use the program’s list on the right or make your own!
Everything kicks off the week of January 22, but there’s no time limit to finish. Take a month or a year. The hope is that this will remind you that one family can make a difference, and you can give back to your community. “We want parents to know that empathy and kindness are critical skills we all need to cultivate, especially with our kids,” says Karen Davis, senior vice president of global philanthropy and social impact at Hasbro Inc. in Providence, RI.
Are you ready? Save this page, put it on the fridge, and start checking off your family’s good deeds. Share your experiences by tagging #Gkcfamilyfun on social media. The Familyfun editors will be joining in too. We can’t wait to see all the good you accomplish!
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