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• Great Kindness Challenge Round-up

All across Carlsbad Unified, students, staff and teachers have been participating in the Great Kindness Challenge (GKC) this week.


The week was launched Sunday at Tamarack Beach, where hundreds of intrepid students and staff braved the cold to form a “Kindness Matters” heart.

Every morning this week, ABC’s Good Morning America (GMA) has been covering Great Kindness Challenge activities across the country. GMA acknowledged Carlsbad Unified as the founding district of the Great Kindness Challenge.


The Carlsbad City Council presented proclamations to all Carlsbad Unified schools in recognition of their Great Kindness Challenge /Kindness Matters celebrations.


Mayor Hall was present to deliver Jefferson Elementary’s proclamation. Students held a Kind Heart craft day in their pajamas.


Carlsbad High School was busy with final exams, but students found time to put stickies all over the campus with positive messages.


At Pacific Rim, all students were given the Great Kindness Challenge checklist, and participated in classroom discussions on the importance of this weeklong focus and effort.


Aviara Oaks Middle School students had ASB spirit days to support community connectedness, and 8th grade WEB leaders visited 6th grade advisory classes to teach students about the science of kindness, and lead them in a GKC activity- writing a thank you note to a teacher.


Valley Middle School decorated their campus with posters, signs, and happy faces, and made kind cards.



Hope Hawks have activities everyday at their Kindness Station during recess, which include writing notes to others on campus and students at other schools. They hosted a member of the Kidz Bop musical group to perform songs to promote and encourage students to have fun and be kind. They emphasize what it means to be a H.A.W.K.—Helping Another With Kindness everyday.



Buena Vista students are collecting coins for Pakistan each morning at drop off. Kindness quotes are announced every morning, students are doing the GKC checklist, and, at lunch, students may choose to participate in activities like making a banner or Kindness hearts.


At Calavera Hills Middle School, kindness is everywhere! Students have put positive messages around campus in the form of posters, mirror messages, post-its, and on the stairs. They have stations at lunch that provide the opportunity to complete acts of kindness. Each day in Advisory, students perform kind acts, and the week ends with a celebration during Coyote Community. 


Kelly students believe that Kindness Matters everyday. This week they are focusing on specific acts of kindness. Each day begins with a Kind assembly, a song of the day, and the Pledge of Allegiance. Students have made a Kindness banner to deliver to Rady’s Children’s Hospital, Kindness rocks to leave anonymously throughout the community, and they are completing the GKC checklist at every grade level.


Kindness Matters!


See CUSD Facebook page for more pics!

Posted by: Sharan Merchant, District Admin, Carlsbad Unified School District Published:1/26/17
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