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The Great Kindness Challenge 2023

John Muir Parents and students, help us create awareness of The Great Kindness Challenge, a week dedicated to performing millions of acts of kindness on campuses nationwide! We can all play our part in creating a safe and caring school!  As part of this challenge, we will be participating in a spirit week. 


When: February 21-24

Parent Letter: Click HERE

Parent Letter Spanish: Click HERE

Spirit Week Flyer: Click HERE

Spirit Week Flyer Spanish: Click HERE

Kindness Checklist: Click HERE

Kindness Checklist Spanish: Click HERE  

Kindness Checklist- Junior Edition: Click HERE

Kindness Checklist Spanish- Junior Edition: Click HERE  


Spirit Week

Tuesday- Team Kindness
(Wear workout clothes or something from your favorite sports team)

Wednesday- Twice as kind
(Match your clothing with one, two or 10 other students…Or match with Mrs. ONeal by wearing jeans and a white T shirt)

Thursday- Light up someone’s day with Kindness
(Wear bright or neon clothes)

Friday- Never too old for Kindness
(Dress like a senior citizen)


Suggested Reading List

  • A Home For Bird by Phillip Stead
  • A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Phillip Stead
  • Angelo by David Macaulay
  • Because Amelia Smiled by David Ezra Stein
  • Beyond The Laces by Bob Salomon and Rick Young
  • Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson
  • Fill a Bucket by Carol McCloud
  • Fly Free! by Roseanne Thong
  • Good People Everywhere by Linea Gillen
  • Have You Filled Your Bucket Today? by Carol McCloud
  • Hey Little Ant by Phillip Hoose
  • How Dinosaurs Play With Their Friends by Jane Yolen
  • How Kind by Mary Murphy
  • I See Kindness Everywhere by by Shelley Frost
  • I’m Gonna Like Me by Jamie Lee Curtis
  • If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff Kindness Is Cooler Mrs. Ruler by Margorie Cuyler
  • Let’s Talk about Being Helpful by Joy Berry
  • Little Bird by Germano Zullo
  • Loser by Jerry Spinelli
  • Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters by John Steptoe
  • One Drop of Kindness by Jeff Kubiak
  • Ordinary Mary’s Extraordinary Deed by Emily Robinson and Fumi Kosaka
  • Pauline Pastrami Achieves World Peace by James Proimos Pinduli by Janell Cannon
  • Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
  • Random Acts of Kindness by Conari Press
  • Somebody Loves Mr. Hatch by Eileen Spinelli
  • Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun: Having the Courage To Be Who You Are by Maria Dismondy
  • Stone Soup by Jon J. Muth
  • The Birdman by Veronika Charles
  • The Boy Who Held Back the Sea by Lenny Hort, Thomas Locker, and Mary Mapes Dodge
  • The Brand New Kid by Katie Couric
  • The Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutchins
  • The English Roses by Madonna
  • The Girl, the Fish and the Crown by Marilee Heyer
  • The Golden Rule by Ilene Cooper
  • The Great Kapok Tree by Lynn Cherry
  • The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes
  • The Invisible Boy by Tracy Ludwig
  • The Kindness Quilt by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace
  • The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney
  • The Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper
  • The Nice Book by David Ezra Stein
  • The Trumpet of the Swan by E. B. White
  • Those Shoes by Maribeth Boelts
  • Three Strong Women by Claus Stamm
  • Under The Lemon Moon by Edith Fine and Rene Moreno Wonder by R.J. Palacio