Pershing Elementary School Participates in the Great Kindness Challenge

Pershing Elementary School Participates in the Great Kindness Challenge
Posted on 02/11/2019
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Over the past several years, Pershing Elementary School has participated in a special week-long challenge centered on kindness. “I help coordinate the Great Kindness Challenge with staff,” explains Student Services Counselor, Brooke Smith. “It’s a fun way to help students focus on what they can do to be friendly and considerate of others.”

The Great Kindness Challenge is a proactive and positive bullying prevention initiative that is designed to improve school climate and increase student engagement. The Great Kindness Challenge is a one week event where students are asked to perform as many acts of kindness as possible in school.

“There are over 50 acts of kindness that we promote,” says Smith. “Students accept the challenge to show the world KINDNESS MATTERS!"

Teachers posted
QR codes throughout the school so students would get a message about being kind. Students were encouraged to smile to one another, help each other, and say nice things to each other.

At the end of the week, the West Milwaukee Intermediate School Choir visited Pershing Elementary School to perform, "Count on Me" by Bruno Mars. “Everyone joined in and we did a fantastic job making the song our own,” said Smith. Watch here!

“Now, we’re a Kindness certified School for 2019!” said Principal Steve Harris. “The challenge is really popular with students and it helps us all to connect to our school
expectations. We want students to know that “Respect self, Respect others, and Respect the environment” are words to live by. We believe all kids deserve a safe, supportive and caring environment. The Great Kindness Challenge actively engages everyone in a culture of compassion, acceptance, and respect.”