Kids take on a kindness challenge

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SAN DIEGO – Several San Diego County schools challenged their students to perform acts of kindness for a whole week.

KINDNESSJones Elementary School principal Rita Powell held a rally Monday to introduce the Great Kindness Challenge to her students.

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.”


  • Stacy Kim Johnston

    I am a licensed clinical psychologist with my own practice in the La Mesa area and I am also an aspiring songwriter and singer. I recently recorded a song titled, Protect The Innocence, and it was inspired by the tragic event in Connecticut but is applicable to the effects that the world has on our youth in general and what parents can do to help guide the next generation. I would really like to get my message out through my music and would appreciate any interest to help me launch this possibility. I was very moved by the Kids for Peace movement and want to know if this would be a good fit for my purpose as well.

    • nicole

      you should email kids for peace a portion of your song.. I am sure there is a contact email on their main web page.

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