Monday, January 25, 2016


Parents with school-age children will be familiar with Red Ribbon Week, where schools have students dress in crazy themes each day as part of anti-drug campaigns. This year, my daughter’s middle school is doing something different – The Great Kindness Challenge.

The information touts more than 2 million students in over 5,000 schools nationwide. The goal is “one week devoted to performing as many acts of kindness as possible.”

While the intent is a good one, what my daughter hears is: I don’t have to wear my uniform!

Here are the themed days:

Monday – Team Up for Kindness (favorite team or sports clothing)
Tuesday – I Love Kindness (wear something purple)
Wednesday – Dream of Kindness (favorite pajamas)
Thursday – Crazy for Kindness (crazy hair and socks)
Friday – Peace, Love and Kindness (Tie-Dye, Peace clothing)

As a rule, being kind is something I strive to do. Why be mean? I try to help others, especially via teaching to help them reach their goals. A week dedicated kindness? Sure … Where’s my purple shirt? Oh, my daughter borrowed it. 

For more information on The Great Kindness Challenge,

Twitter: @KidsforPeace

Until next time,

Louisa Bacio


  1. I love this! How can we make this an adult challenge??? Hugs!!!

    1. Major ((hugs)) back! I'd say being conscious of it to start!