February 9, 2018
Marlynn Humphries, Principal, Charles Hoffman Elementary
CHE participated in the Great Kindness Challenge during KINDNESS MATTERS Week, January 22-26. This is a nationwide awareness of kindness and how by choosing to do kind actions, we can sensitize ourselves to be more aware of others and to treat them kindly. It began in 2012 in Oceanside, California and has expanded rapidly. Last year, over 5 million students were involved and the goal is to double that. In January, California State Superintendent of Public Education, Tom Torlakson invited all schools in California to participate. Hoffman was excited to participate as it coordinates with our PBIS (Positive Behavior and Intervention Supports) emphasis.
Each student and staff member received a checklist with challenges to complete at school or home. The primary edition has 12 challenges, such as help someone up if they fall down, give your friend a high five, or entertain someone with a happy dance! Older children could choose to pick up ten pieces of trash on campus, thank a bus driver or carpool driver, write a thank you on a band-aid for the nurse, and learn to say “Hello” in a new language. One classroom made Thank you signs for the bus drivers to see as they pulled up to the campus.
One of our favorites was the sign of positive messages that sixth graders at MPH who were former CHE students made for us. Choose Kind. Kindness Matters!