The program is an international movement by the non-profit organization Kids for Peace.
“This couldn’t have happened at a better time. I don’t want to bring up Sandy Hook but we’re all living in the shadows of that tragedy,” said Powell. “This is a world where people are hurting and something as simple as a smile and a kind word can make all the difference in a child’s life.”
Kaolyn Steiner has been bullied by other kids and said she plans to talk to more students and try to make friends with kids she sees being singled out or alone.
“I think it’s really great because some kids get bullied all over the place and it’s really bad,” said 10-year-old Steiner.
Posters about the project, including a list of 50 acts of kindness, hang in the classrooms and teachers are encouraged to talk to the students about what they can do to be nice.
“If someone gets hurt, I’m going to help them up. If somebody hurt their feelings I will try and make them feel better,” said fourth grader Zoey Jones.
This is the sixth year for the Great Kindness Challenge. Last year, 69 countries in six continents participated, according to the Kids for Peace.
“Children don’t realize what impact they can have on the world, so once they see one kind act and how it affects someone,” said Stacy Crumrine, the local Kids for Peace chapter leader. “They start to get an idea of what can truly happen. They start to realize that one small thing can make a big difference in the world.”