Tongue River, Big Horn Schools Launch 'Kindness' Challenge

Students in Big Horn, Ranchester and Dayton will wear wristbands and participate in special activities this week as part of a nationwide initiative to encourage random acts of kindness and campaign against bullying.

According to information from Sheridan County School District 1, which administers the schools, the events are part of a national Great Kindness Challenge.

According to the district, school administrators and student councils have been planning events since December. A Great Kindness app has been installed in each student's mobile device, and students at Big Horn Elementary and Tongue River Middle School have been encouraged to wear wristbands that read, quote, “Kindness … Share It!”

Each school day starting on Monday has a special designation, and students are encouraged to dress appropriately to the theme. Monday is “Dream of Kindness,” and students will wear pajamas. Tuesday is Crazy for Kindness, when crazy hairstyles are encouraged.

On Wednesday, students are encouraged to wear “Hippie attire” for the theme of Peace, Love and Kindness. Thursday's emphasis will be on school spirit for the theme of “Our School is Kind.”

The Great Kindness Challenge provides a checklist of 50 kind acts to students in grades K through 12, and they are encouraged to complete as many items on the checklist as they can during the week. District 1 students who complete the checklist will be able to leave a painted handprint on one of the school walls to serve as an ongoing reminder of the importance of being kind.

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