Students at The Oakridge School in Arlington Participating in Acts of Kindness
By Office of Communication
Posted on January 24, 2018, January 24, 2018

Crazy Socks at Oakridge School

Students at The Oakridge School in Arlington wore crazy socks to show they are "crazy for kindness" during The 2018 Great Kindness Challenge.
Photo Credit: The Oakridge School in Arlington

The Oakridge School in Arlington joins thousands of public and private schools for The 2018 Great Kindness Challenge (GKC) this week. Leaders hope to create and celebrate a culture of kindness around the world.

"Our goal is that we make this week our happiest week of the year as our students learn the joy that comes from helping and encouraging others," said Dr. Sarah Schecter, Head of Lower School.

Earlier this week, students sang "You are My Sunshine" to a beloved cafeteria worker and also recorded a dance and a get well soon message for classmates who were out of school sick. In addition to completing acts of kindness, students have an opportunity to show unity and support for the initiative by adding to their uniforms. On Tuesday, students were allowed to wear crazy socks to show that they are "crazy for kindness." They were asked to wear their favorite jacket or coat with their uniform on Wednesday to help "coat the world with kindness." On Thursday, it's "hats off to kindness" as students will be allowed to wear their favorite hat with their uniform.

The Great Kindness Challenge was created by Kids for Peace to provide schools a tool for creating a positive school environment. In 2017, more than 10 million students participated and performed over half a billion acts of kindness nationwide. The Great Kindness Challenge is generously sponsored by Dignity Health, Peaceable Kingdom, ViaSat, Nordson, NRG, and McGraw-Hill Education and supported by Hasbro's Be Fearless Be Kind.

Visit www.greatkindnesschallenge.org for more information about the event.

As part of the City of Arlington's ongoing Kindness Initiative, Mayor Jeff Williams has challenged residents to report acts of kindness through the City's free Ask Arlington mobile app, on the Acts of Kindness website, or by posting using #ArlingtonKindness and @CityofArlington over the next year.

Related articles:

Acts of Kindness, kindness initiative
Arlington ISD, Education, News