The Kiwanis Club of Abaco organized their 2nd Annual Kindness Challenge in conjunction with The Kids for Peace Organization out of California.
According to Kiwanis President Neulessa Major, the objective was for participants to complete kind acts for a week in their home, school and community.
“This is an anti-bullying tool that is great for schools,” Major explained. “This year, we had four schools participating in the Kindness Challenge – Central Abaco Primary School (CAPS), Abaco Central High School, St. Francis de Sales School’s Builders Club and Man-O-War Primary School.
During the last week of January, the students of Central Abaco Primary School initiated their Kindness Challenge with a pep rally and Wacky Hair Day.
Major observed the students’ excitement as they participated in the activities, and during their lunch break, students signed up for the Kindness Challenge checklist where they had to complete 50 challenges or kind acts.
The students also signed up to participate in the Poster and Essay Kindness Competition.
“More than 280 students signed up,” Major exclaimed, “and teachers also signed up for the Poster Competition where they had to design their grade level’s bulletin board based on the kindness theme.”
Winners were announced on Jan. 29, and prizes were recently given to the winners. The winners of the Poster Competition were Erica Russell in first place, Katelyn McKinney, second, and Gaisha Bootle and Kaylisha Forestale tied in third place.
Winners in the Essay Competition for Lower Primary were Ashley Smith, first, Jessica Maecelin, second, and Derek Williams, third. In the Essay Competition’s Upper Primary category, the winners were: Reniae Curry in first place followed by Tianna Bootle in second place, and Christopher Turnquest finishing in the third place.
Finally, winners for the Teacher’s Bulletin Board design were: Grade 1: “Kindness Makes The World GO Around” poster placing first; Grade 3’s “Spreading Love Through Kindness” in second place; Grade 5’s “Kindness” bulletin board in third place; the Pre-school with “Growing in Kindness” securing fourth place; and Grade 4’s “Keep Fired Up With Kindness” theme capturing fifth place.