We've designed our program to be extremely cost effective and budget friendly! The 21 Day Kindness Challenge School Program costs just about $1/student. Our goal is to bring the 21 Day Kindness Challenge to as many schools that want it. Here are some different ways schools have paid for the program:
We believe that giving students the opportunity to raise money for the program provides them with invaluable leadership and career skills. It can also be a bonding experience for students who may be having trouble fitting in or finding friends. Some student leadership groups have raised money by hosting bake sales, rummage sales, runs/walks and other small fundraising activities.
Many school districts have special funds set aside for anti-bullying or wellness campaigns. Check with your district office to see if this is an option for your school.
The 21 Day Kindness Challenge is also a great opportunity to reach out to local community organizations like your rotary club, 4-H, chamber of commerce, Lions Club, etc. for support. Many groups are looking for ways to make an impact for their local students and will provide small grants to your school.
Parent groups are also an excellent resource. You may want to reach out to your parent group (PTA, Home & School Club, Parent Alliance) to see if they will fund the 21 Day Kindness Challenge. We have found that parents are very supportive of programs that will have a significant impact and that directly engage their children.
We are happy to help you! Please contact us, and we would be delighted to provide you with specific funding ideas to meet your school's needs. We have videos, flyers, email, and snail-mail templates, etc. that you can use for community groups and parents.
We often get the question, "When should I hold my school's 21 Day Kindness Challenge?"
We say, "Really, whenever it works best for your school!"
The Kindness Challenge is designed to fit within your school's schedule. You and your student leaders decide when will be the best time to hold your school's 21 Day Kindness Challenge. That said, we do suggest you consider a few factors that may come in to play. Here are some of our suggestions for optimal planning:
For more thoughts on planning, or for more information about how to bring the 21 Day Kindness Challenge to your school, please join us for our LIVE Q&A session. We meet the second Tuesday of every month from 9:00 to 9:30 a.m. PST. The 21 Day Kindness Challenge team is available to answer all your questions and help get you started on making a change on your school culture! More information is also available on our website or by watching our Webinar. In just 24 minutes, we explain all about the 21 Day Kindness Challenge.
Creating a personal teacher/administrator mission statement has powerful positive effects on you and your students. In our 21 Day Kindness Challenge: Classroom Edition we talk about how a teacher’s mood can impact the classroom environment. You can’t be an effective leader to your students unless you have a strong sense of who you are and what you stand for. If you take the time to create your personal teacher/administrator mission statement, you will be a top notch teacher, counselor, and principal.
"Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things." Peter Drucker
Planning in the off season.
Summer is your off season, and it’s a perfect time for you to relax, reflect and plan. John Wooden, late head coach of the UCLA basketball team, took advantage of the off season by focusing on one area in his sport and learning all he could. Wooden filled his days by talking with other coaches, conducting research, reading books and took the time to reflect on his coaching. Take advantage of the time you have this summer to write your personal teacher mission statement, read some inspiring books and plan for success.
Write from the heart.
Take the time to think about what will motivate you to be excited to teach and lead every day. Jot down a few words that resinate with you. Recall the reasons you became a teacher or administrator. Perhaps there was a teacher in your life that you admired, what qualities did that person possess? What do you want to inspire in others? What kinds of things do you want to be remembered for? What qualities do you see in others that inspires you?
Keep it simple.
Try keeping your mission statement simple - one or four sentences. If you would prefer you can also make a bullet point list of powerful words. Block off some time for this as it may take you anywhere from 45 minutes to three hours.
Here is an example of a couple of mission statements:
“To make a contribution to the world by making tools for the mind that advance humankind.” - Steve Jobs
“A promise to my students:
Take time to read it daily.
After you’ve completed your mission statement, take the time to read it daily. We suggest reading your mission statement every morning before your students walk through the door. Keep it handy for those moments when you need a little encouragement.
Share your mission statement with us.
We’d love for you to share your mission statement with us as a comment following this blog post or on our social media channels Facebook and Twitter. You never know who you may inspire!
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Hello. I am the founder of the 21 Day Kindness Challenge Program.