Middle School Kindness Challenge

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For Immediate Release: September 12, 2017

Contact: Tina Firesheets (336) 370-8307
Media Desk (336) 574-5730

Middle School Students Practice Kindness
GCS will participate in the Middle School Kindness Challenge from Sept. 13-Oct. 13

Greensboro, N.C. – Middle school students throughout the county are exploring ways to show kindness to others this week.

Students at Jackson Middle plan to make cards for their bus drivers and parents. At Northwest, students will design rocks with kind messages to be displayed at their school. And at Allen Jay Preparatory Academy, students are continuing to raise money for families affected by Hurricane Harvey. Staff at Northwest Middle have shared kind tweets from students on video.

These projects and others are part of the Middle School Kindness Challenge, a national initiative adopted by GCS. The initiative, a Kind Schools Project, is supported by Stand for Children.

School Support Officer Phyllis Martin said this is a good opportunity for GCS. “The Middle School Kindness Challenge offers our school district an opportunity to increase kindness as a way to improve school climate, student safety and increase academic outcomes for young people,” Martin said. “We are excited about our middle schools participating in the Kindness Challenge.”

GCS will kick-off the challenge on Wednesday Sept. 13, in honor of Global Character Day 2017. Teachers will present lessons and activities designed to inspire empathy, positive relationships, and build a growth mindset throughout the month-long challenge. The final phase of it will conclude with kindness celebrations at each school the week of Oct. 9.

Stand for Children representatives Joaquin Tamayo and Emily Phan will visit Allen Jay Preparatory Academy and Northwest and Jackson middle schools on Wednesday. Here’s what they’ll see during their visits:

* Allen Jay Preparatory Academy (1201 E. Fairfield Road, High Point), 8 a.m.-9 a.m.: the school’s leadership lesson for the week focuses on leadership, kindness and current events. Members of the National Junior Honor Society will sponsor a morning rally to kick-off the district’s Change for Children initiative to support families recovering from Hurricane Harvey. They will also launch a donation competition to see who can raise the most money.

* Northwest Middle (5300 Northwest School Road), 10 a.m.-11 a.m.: the school’s theme is “Kindness Rocks.” Students will design rocks using kind words or quotes, then display them outside. They will also watch a video of classmates reciting kind quotes.

* Jackson Middle (2200 Ontario St., Greensboro), 2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.: students will create kindness cards for their bus drivers and parents. They will give them out at the end of the day. A wall at the school will display their drawings of what kindness looks like.

About Guilford County Schools
Guilford County Schools, the third largest school district in North Carolina, the 47th largest of more than 14,000 in the United States, and serves more than 73,000 PK-12 students at 126 schools. With approximately 10,000 employees, GCS works in partnership with parents, businesses, colleges and the community to deliver an education that connects student interests and skills with the careers and economy of our future here and around the world. We provide educational choices to meet individual student needs in a culturally diverse citizenship and new opportunities to help our students Soar to Greatness. For more information, visit the district’s website at www.gcsnc.com.

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