On Jan. 27, at the city council meeting, the council received the Great Kindness Challenge Proclamation by Atalie Bogh, student board member for the Yucaipa, Calimesa Joint Unified School District and Cali Bings, Superintendent of the Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District.
“We come to you tonight to pass a proclamation to support the district in the nation-wide great kindness challenge,” said Bogh.
The challenged started January 27 and continues through January 31. It is a week-long challenge where each school in every district across the nation is challenged to record acts of kindness by posting pictures or short videos of kind acts on Twitter or Instagram by using the name of the school and #ycjusdALLin and/or #greatkindnesschallenge. The community is asked to support our local schools by participating in the postings.
“Assemblies, dance parties, and DJs are just a few of the prizes the schools can win. We want to promote a climate of kindness all-year-round but this program provides us an opportunity to demonstrate what acts of kindness can do for a person,” said Bogh.
Examples of activities that students are participating in this week are kindness BINGO, kindness bags, random acts of kindness cards.
Bogh is asking the community to help “make this one of the kindness communities in the country.”
“I just wanted to add, as community members, if you have a student in one of our schools if you go onto yucaipa bulletin or to any of our social media platforms, calibinks1 is one … and if you tag a school (@Yucaipa High School or @Parkview Middle School) the school gets points for that,” said Binks.
She went on to say, “You can support any one of the local schools that you like.”
The Great Kindness Challenge was created and launched in 2011 by Kids For Peace which is a global nonprofit based in Carlsbad, California. It was piloted with three Carlsbad schools, has now expanded to all 50 states with over two million students participating. The Great Kindness Challenge is one week dedicated to students performing as many kind deeds as possible using a check list. The Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District is honored to unite all students in the spirit of kindness and respect. It was proclaimed by the city council in the city of Yucaipa that January 27 through the 31, 2020 as the Great Kindness Challenge Week where kindness matters in Yucaipa and beyond.
Visit thegreatkindnesschallenge.com for the checklist in ways to participate as a student or as a family.
Supporting documents are available for public view on the City of Yucaipa website at yucaipa.org.