KIND Schools Challenge

Kindness has the power to unite school communities and undermine common issues such as bullying and harassment. That’s why Making Caring Common, a project of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and The KIND Foundation partnered to host the KIND Schools Challenge. Middle- and high-school students nationwide were invited to submit a project to make their school communities kinder and more inclusive.

With funding and support, we helped ten incredible finalists implement their projects. Now we are thrilled to announce this year’s winning project, ELL Give Back Program, from Medford High School in Medford, Massachusetts. To learn about the winning project and how to bring more kindness into any classroom, check out this toolkit.

how the challenge works

Create a team
of 3-5 students

Submit a project
by 10/25/17

10 finalists’ projects
selected for funding

1 winning team
receives a financial prize

See below for resources and instructions

Billy, Chris, and Nick of Jacksonville’s Robert E. Lee High School won last year’s challenge. These young men brought their divided school community together with a project called #YourStoryIsMine, which focused on sharing personal experiences with peers.
“This experience gave me the opportunity to ‘see’ my classmates in a more meaningful way and to have an open conversation with school officials about what students really need. We became more of a family. We were more patient with one another and we looked for ways to share a smile and a helping hand. I believe we will forever be better people.”

— Morgan Guess, Lone Oak Middle School


Need some inspiration?

Check out this toolkit featuring ideas from last year’s finalists

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