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Webb City Middle School Students Take on the Great Kindness Challenge


 Counselors want students to *want* to go to school, but it can be a place where kids feel self conscious. 
     This week at Webb City Middle School students are trying to change that by participating in the "great kindness challenge". 

"You're good looking,  (echo students) good looking, you're smart, you're smart you're funny  you're funny," chants the 5th grade class of John Wilcox.  

 His 5th graders go through a string of compliments. Many they will be giving  this week during the great kindness challenge.

Karen Brownfield organized participation in what is a nationwide event to do as many acts of kindness as possible in a week.  Brownfield the school counselor says, "The best way to combat bullying  is to act in the exact opposite way and treat everybody with kindness and respect. And they have really  embraced it."

5th grader Treghan Parker  says its important "because some kids don't feel they're involved and they get really down on their selves and this week we've been trying to  make them put up instead of put down."

Students created posters to  put on doors and down the halls. 
and some are creating thank you notes including one for the custodian..  Putting kindness into action from a list of 50 ideas.  

Darcy Darnell a 6th grader says, "We sat with some new people at lunch."

Treghan says, "Ihave hugged a friend, I have said thank you to the crossing guard.  I picked 10 pieces of trash up on campus. 

Teachers and counselors believe that a positive attitude created by kind gestures has big benefits  to school atmosphere and even academics. 
Brownfield says, "We are more willing to sit in class and  and do the things we're asked to do if we feel good  and I think kindness makes people feel good."

Wilcox believes its making a difference.  He says there's, "A  lot more smiles, lots of smileys in the  classroom around the school. 
Kids are coming out of their shell, take a stand, I noticed you today, I wanted you to  know it and you're not alone and we're here for  you."

The students are creating a giant paper chain of their individual acts of kindness something they say rewards them as well as others. 

 Darcy says,  "It makes me feel good and I know it makes them feel good so its a win win situation."

All just hope it lasts past the challenge week.

And Treghan says that's a goal, "Instead of just doing  a checklist make it an everyday thing."

On Monday the students will connect all the paper chains to see the extent of their kind acts, and then hold a celebration. 

For a link to the national challenge event and kindness ideas click here.


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