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"Neither Snow nor Ice…..” Kept Piedmont Middle from The Great Kindness Challenge
The third week of January, 2014, students at Piedmont Middle School accepted the “Great Kindness Challenge”, an initiative begun by Kids for Peace, a non-profit organization with the vision of “a safe and peaceful world where all people respect and care for one another and our planet.” Our participation has earned us certification as a “Kindness Certified School” for 2014. Little did we know at the start of our challenge that our week would become a pieced together number of days as we extended the challenge twice following two snow days one week and three and a half snow/ice days the very next week! Students persevered, though, and were able to complete the challenge.
Piedmont Middle’s ROCK (Respecting Ourselves and Others Consistently with Kindness) club promoted the event with posters and messages on the WPDM broadcast by one of the club sponsors, counselor Kerri Mosley. All students in the school received a suggested list of kindness acts and were encouraged to add additional items on the back. Sheets were tallied and totaled for a school-wide total of 6,872 acts of kindness. Great Kindness program sponsors recently announced the GRAND TOTAL of 27,724,300 acts of kindness by 554,486 students in all 50 states and across the globe.
In addition to our claim as a “Kindness Certified School”, we may paraphrase the ancient Greek work of Herodotus, also used by the US Postal Service, “Neither snow nor rain….” and in our case, ice, shall keep us from our mission to promote kindness, caring and respect within and outside of Piedmont Middle School.
To learn more go to http://www.kidsforpeaceglobal.org/about_mission.html or
Written by: Rene McGee-Helms
Posted: May 12, 2014 by Karen Barbee