MAHOPAC, N.Y.-Lakeview Elementary School students and staff embraced the 2018 Great Kindness Challenge recently when they joined thousands of schools across the country working to create a culture of kindness.

The weeklong challenge was sponsored by Kids for Peace, a global nonprofit organization. The idea was introduced in 2011 in California and has since spread to schools across the nation and to more than 90 countries.

Lakeview’s Positive Behavioral Incentive (PBIS) committee worked together in the weeks leading up to the challenge to create unique events that would take place each day. Assistant Principal Elizabeth Blessing spearheaded the event at the school with an explanatory video on the first day of the challenge, Jan. 22.

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“Students were challenged to perform as many acts of kindness as they could throughout the week,” said Blessing.

The challenge was in keeping with the school’s PBIS initiative “Lakeview ROCKS,” an acronym for Respectful, Organized, Cooperative, Kind and Safe.

Part of the week’s highlights included Wear Red Day, Crazy for Kindness Day and a Dream of Kindness Day, during which the entire school wore pajamas.

“Students embraced every aspect of this challenge and were eager to participate in the schoolwide events and lessons throughout the week,” Blessing said.