Take the Back-to-School Kindness Challenge
The back-to-school season is a great time to re-orient ourselves to our priorities. Together, let's resolve to make this a big-hearted school year, full of compassion, reflection, and thoughtful acts of kindness.
Supplies you’ll need for the month
- Printed copy of your favorite back-to-school challenge (see both versions below)
- Simple craft supplies (construction paper, makers, crayons, etc.)
- Baking supplies (or bakery goods)
- Clearanced art supplies in the package
- Sticky notes
- Sidewalk chalk
Print our elementary school challenge or our upper-grade challenge (above).
Post your challenge on your refrigerator.
Encourage your whole family to give each task a try, adapting it as needed.
Reserve a few minutes each day to reflect on your act of kindness.
Prepare for the next day's activity.
At the end of each day ask, discuss how the assigned task worked for each member of your family.
How would you feel if someone shared today's kindness with you?
What was your favorite item in the challenge?
Which tasks were most difficult to complete? Which were the easiest?
What are some other ways we could share kindness every day?
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Ordinary Mary’s Extraordinary Deed by Emily Pearson. Introduce the idea that kindness is contagious, and watch kindness circle the globe in just a few days. Mary, as ordinary as any other kid, starts it all with a special delivery. The rhythm and rhyme of this book make it a fun read aloud experience, too.
The Kindness Quilt by Nancy Eliabeth Wallace. When the students in Mrs. Cooper’s class are challenged to do acts of kindness and depict them in drawings, their work is so impressive, they create a “kindness quilt” that continues to grow.
Reach Out and Give by Cheri Meiners. This book is very straight forward, and it’s definitely more a teaching tool than a story. It is simple, effective, and a quick read. After a brief discussion of gratitude, this book illustrates a number of different ways kids can be helpers in their community. In the back it includes discussion questions, a philanthropy role-play, generosity games, and ideas for service projects.
Take it further
Adopt your local food shelf and make filling your dedicated food shelf box a monthly family tradition.
Continue the challenge! Brainstorm a new list of small acts of kindness and keep the habit going.
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