WHAT: More than a dozen Elk Grove Unified schools will participate in the “Great Kindness Challenge” from January 22 thru January 26, 2018. Throughout the week, many schools will hold daily morning kick-off ceremonies where students will hear an inspirational quote focused on kindness. Additionally, students will participate in classroom discussions to promote and learn more about kindness in and out of the classroom. Students will be encouraged to dress-up during spirit-themed days, which focus on themes like wearing funky-colored socks or shoes, having crazy hair, wearing sportswear, dance or school-themed attire as well as dressing up as a twin. Many schools will start each day by reciting Morning Kindness Quotes. By the end of the week, students will complete the “Great Kindness Challenge” checklist. The weeklong challenge is a proactive and positive bullying prevention initiative to improve school climate and increase student engagement.
WHEN: Monday, January 22, 2018 – Friday, January 26, 2018 during the school day
WHO / WHERE: Students and staff at Carroll Elementary, Cosumnes River Elementary, Elitha Donner Elementary, Charles Mack Elementary, Robert J. McGarvey Elementary, James McKee Elementary, Isabelle Jackson Elementary, Elliott Ranch Elementary, David Reese Elementary, Pleasant Grove Elementary, Sierra Enterprise Elementary, T.R. Smedberg Middle School, Katherine L. Albiani Middle School, Harriet Eddy Middle School and Elk Grove High School.
WHY: According to the Great Kindness Challenge organizers, past participating schools in reported a 97 percent improvement in school climate and an 89 percent increase in staff morale and a noticed decrease in behavioral referrals and increase in smiles and happiness. Those who take the challenge aim to create a culture of kindness on their campus with the goal of increasing tolerance, unity and respect for all students along with lots of smiles.
About the Elk Grove Unified School District
The Elk Grove Unified School District (EGUSD) is the fifth-largest school district in California located in southern Sacramento County. EGUSD covers 320 square miles and includes 67 schools: 42 elementary schools, nine middle schools, nine high schools, five alternative education schools, an adult school, one charter school and a virtual academy. Offering a multitude of educational programs, including over 70 career-themed academies and pathways within 15 industry sectors, we prepare our students for college and career by supporting them with the means to be creative problem solvers; self-aware, self-reliant, and self-disciplined; technically literate; effective communicators and collaborators; and engaged in the community as individuals with integrity. We integrate rigorous academics with career-based learning and real world workplace experiences and ensure that Every Student is Learning, in Every Classroom, in Every Subject, Every Day.
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