Thanks to generous funding from our friends at Stand for Children, middle schools that participate in the Middle School Kindness Challenge can earn up to $5,000 in DonorsChoose.org funding for their schools.
MSKC offers schools the opportunity to improve school climate through a fun, no-cost 30-day Challenge. As part of the Challenge, participating educators have access to 32 incredible classroom activities and resources. All Challenge activities are available free of charge thanks to a unique collaboration with premiere national programs — Harvard’s Making Caring Common Initiative, Facing History and Ourselves, InspirED, Greater Good Science Center, and the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence.
Last fall, the Kindness Challenge reached over 5,000 educators in 47 states – and the results are in. Data from Guilford County Public Schools show that when middle schools completed the Challenge, referrals leading to in-school suspensions dropped by 33% and out-of-school suspensions decreased by 11%, when compared to data from the previous semester. Schools have until May 1, 2018, to accept the Middle School Kindness Challenge.
Get your school signed up:
- If you’re a middle school teacher at a public or public charter school, tell your colleagues and principal about the Kindness Challenge. Here’s where you can learn all about how to explain this challenge to your school.
- Once you’ve gotten the thumbs-up from your principal, invite 2-4 other teachers, administrators, counselors, or even students to be your school’s Kindness Captains. One of the Kindness Captains signs your school up here.
- Once your school is registered, get at least 50% of the teachers at your school to join your school’s challenge.
Complete activities and share your work:
- Complete the challenge’s three phases, which include a kickoff activity, teaching kindness-building lessons, and a final all-school activity. The Middle School Kindness Challenge website will walk you through the Challenge, which is designed to be completed in four weeks.
- After the end of Phase 3, the Kindness Captain will be asked to record and share materials showcasing your school-wide final activity (photos, student work, etc.). You’ll receive a confirmation from the Kindness Challenge team once you have completed the challenge.
- Register your school before May 1 and complete the steps above by May 31!
Your school may be eligible for rewards if:
- Ten schools that complete the challenge with commitment and meaningful results will receive a $1,000 DonorsChoose.org gift code and all schools will be entered in a drawing for a $5,000 DonorsChoose.org gift code. Gift codes will be distributed in June.
- In addition, your school may be eligible for a Kind Schools badge on GreatSchools.org and a Kind Schools plaque.