Acts of kindness are being carried out across the district every day.
But recently, students and staff worked together to celebrate and focus on creating a culture of kindness by taking part in the Great Kindness Challenge.
While we focus every day on the power of kindness, this week encourages all students and staff to place extra focus on creating a culture of kindness that continues throughout the year.
Here is just a small glimpse of ways students and staff participated in #SMSDKindnessWeek:
Students from 27 Shawnee Mission schools gathered for a community service project at the conclusion of the week. Together, they put together buckets containing hygiene and cold-weather clothing items. This collaborative act of kindness will help the Uplift KC and KC Heroes organizations.
At several schools, community members stopped by to greet students as they arrived at school in the morning. At some buildings, schools even created a kindness tunnel, greeting students with high-fives, smiles, and cheers as they started their day. Many schools invited parents, first responders, government officials, and other supportive community members to join in spreading kindness in the school and throughout the surrounding community.
Rosehill students received a video message from former Kansas State University Coach Bill Snyder, who thanked the students for sending him notes of kindness. He applauded the students for focusing on kindness. Click here to see the video he shared.
“I encourage you to (express kindness) each and every day of your life and by doing so you will be seen as and feel like a very, very special person throughout your life,” Snyder said.
In many classrooms across the district, students created posters, artwork, and wrote notes of kindness to share with people in their school in the community.
More examples of how students and staff took part in the Great Kindness Challenge can be seen by searching for #SMSDKindnessWeek on Twitter.