Every school in the Independence School District will be performing random acts of kindness next week by participating in "The Great Kindness Challenge," running Jan. 26-30.

Based on the premise "Just imagine if the world was a kinder place," students, faculty and staff will be turning those words into actions by engaging in some form of activity that promotes kindness. Examples include Bridger Middle School teachers writing positive messages and quotes with sidewalk chalk where buses drop off students, as well as principal Nancy Richards calling all Bridger student families to encourage them to practice kindness at home, and Mill Creek Elementary students making cookies for crossing guards.  Plus William Chrisman high schoolers have set a goal of 10,000 acts of kindness for the week and will display "Kindness Matter" banners along U.S. 24.

"We are working together, as a district, to create a culture of kindness in our buildings and beyond," said ISD Director of Character Education Nancy Lewis in a district release. "Sometimes, one random act of kindness can completely change someone's day, and sometimes, we forget that. This week, we want to remember that." 

The Great Kindess Challenge is a nationwide initiative where schools can choose ideas for acts of kindness from a checklist of suggestions found at www.greatkindnesschallenge.org. According to the website, more than 500,000 students performed nearly 28 million acts of kindness in last year's challenge.