Augusta High School students are once again participating in the Great Kindness Challenge Week. Augusta Mayor Matt C. Childers visited the school Monday morning and signed the official proclamation and read it during the morning announcements.
The Challenge is a proactive and positive bullying prevention initiative that improves school climate and increases student engagement. The challenge is a one-week event devoted to performing as many acts of kindness as possible. It was created and launched in 2011 by Kids for Peace, a global nonprofit based in California.
The mayor’s document included, “Whereas, Augusta High School is honored to unite all students in the spirit of kindness and respect; now, therefore, I, Matt Childers, serving as mayor of Augusta, Kansas, do hereby proclaim Jan. 22-27, 2018 as The Great Kindness Challenge Week where kindness matters in Augusta and beyond.”
The initiative began in Augusta in 2014 when AHS senior Leslie Burkett proposed the Great Kindness Challenge as her senior project.
AHS counselor Elizabeth Hamblin was excited about the idea and saw an ideal opportunity to take the idea to the high school. Kindness Week has proven successful with students showing more than usual acts of kindness.
“There’s lots of ways for students to get involved,” Hamblin added, “There will again be a Great Wall of Kindness at the high school where students will post anonymous notes to other students with simple, uplifting, even humorous messages.”