Monticello elementary kids take part in Kindness Challenge


Several Carpenter School kids showed support for superheroes. Seated in front are Emily Leytem, Piper Hodge, Maddy Chaney, Koltin Morgan, and Riley Reuter. Standing are Luke Welter, Mason McAtee, Lilliana Wright, and LeeLand Peterson.

As part of The Great Kindness Challenge last week, students at Shannon school dressed as their favorite superhero. Preschool students show off their best superhero pose. From left are Cash Kraus, Brenden Reuter, Avery Blakesley, Hannah Stogdill, and Izzy Baxter. (Photos by Kim Brooks)

Sometimes kids’ favorite teams are rivals, as demonstrated during Team Day by Carpenter fourth-graders Ryker Hein (left) and Meghan Besler. (Photo by Pete Temple)

Celebrating their favorite teams at Shannon School are first-graders from Kendra Kedley’s class, from left: Jack McElmeel, Ajay Jamison, Peyton Spahr, Theo Krouse, Bodin Smith and Will Zimmerman. (Photo by Pete Temple)
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     Monticello’s Shannon and Carpenter Elementary Schools took part in The Great Kindness Challenge Feb. 4-8.

     The Kindness Challenge “actively engages students, teachers, administrators, families, and communities in creating a culture of compassion, acceptance, unity, and respect.”

     The Great Kindness Challenge “is a proactive and positive bullying prevention initiative that improves school climate and increases student engagement.” The week is devoted to performing acts of kindness.

     Both elementary schools assigned a dress-up day to each day of the week, encouraging students to take part:

     • Monday, Feb. 4 was “Monticello Panthers are Kind Kids” day. Students showed off their Monticello Panther school gear.

     • Tuesday, Feb. 5 was “Team Kindness” day. Students supported their favorite sports teams.

     • Wednesday, Feb. 6 was “Kindness is a Superpower” day. Students represented their favorite superhero.

     • Thursday, Feb. 7 was “Kindness Rocks” day. Students wore their best band t-shirt and showed off their rock ‘n’ roll style.

     • Friday, Feb. 8 was “Dreaming of a Kind World” day. Students wore their pajamas to school

     The Kindness Challenge started in 2011 in Carlsbad, Calif., to create a more positive and respectful school environment.

     This year, over 10 million students in grades preK-12 from over 19,000 schools took part in The Great Kindness Challenge.

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