More than one in five children report being bullied at school, and nearly 15% of involvement is through cyberbullying. Children who are bullied report being called names, being made fun of, insulted, or a subject of rumors. In brick and mortar schools, some scholars are even exposed to physical abuse by being pushed, shoved, tripped, or spit on. Cruel and senseless acts like this can create a hostile and scary environment for affected scholars, damaging their self-confidence and interrupting their educations.
That’s why this week, we’re taking a stand! We kicked off the Great Kindness Challenge — a week dedicated to creating kinder school environments and a kinder world. Teachers, scholars, and their families are taking on the challenge to complete as many kind acts as possible. Kindness can be shared anytime, anywhere.
We encourage you to take on the challenge. Not sure where to start? Here are 7 simple acts of kindness to do as a family:
- Smile at 25 people
Smiling is one of the easiest things you can do to be kind! It doesn’t involve any extra tools and you can do it whenever you’d like! Not only will your smile be contagious to others, but it will make you feel good, too.
- Hold the door open for someone
Take a few seconds out of your trip to the store to hold the door open for the person behind you. This small act of kindness will be a convenience for others and will show that you care! They might even be inspired by your kindness and pass it on to the next person they see. For extra kindness points, try holding the door for someone who is a little farther away.
- Write a happy message with sidewalk chalk
Put a smile on someone’s face by writing a nice message on your sidewalk! The whole family can participate in decorating. Try writing colorful words and messages like “have a great day” or you’re awesome”. Your message will bring joy to anyone who passes by.
- Do a household chore without being asked
Take some time to do the dishes, vacuum the living room, or do some laundry before being asked to do it. This act of kindness is great for children to do for their hard-working parents! You can even do a chore for a sibling if you’re feeling extra generous. A clean house will make everyone feel better and more organized. You may even pick up some extra time to spend doing fun activities together.
- Donate needed school supplies
If your desk is feeling a little cluttered, try packing up some of your extra supplies for donation! There are many schools in need of extra supplies, and your donation is sure to bring them instant happiness! As a bonus, you’ll have a tidy workspace that brings you joy. Not sure where to donate? Take a look at some local resources.
- Take a family walk outside
Fresh air brings everyone joy! Instead of driving to the store or park, try walking! This quality time will allow you and your scholars to bond together. You can explore nature and wave at those passing by. Exercise releases endorphins which make you feel happy! Your positive attitude will increase your energy to spread kindness.
- Bake cookies and share with your neighbors
The only thing better than receiving a gift is giving one! Spend some quality time together in the kitchen baking sweet treats. Show kindness by sharing with your neighbors! The unexpected surprise will bring them such joy, they might even be inspired to return the favor.
Looking for more ways to spread kindness? Check out the “Acts of Kindness” checklist! There are many opportunities to participate in the Great Kindness Challenge and it doesn’t have to end this week. Continue to spread kindness all year long and be a part of the movement to end bullying.
Compass Charter Schools (CCS) is a WASC-accredited virtual charter school that serves families throughout California. Interested in learning more about CCS’ flexible academic programs? Visit our website, or contact our enrollment team at [email protected] or (877) 506-8631.