Morikami Park Elementary encouraged community members and businesses to come together and participate in this year’s Great Kindness Challenge. Celebrated internationally, The Great Kindness Challenge is a positive, proactive, anti-bullying initiative, reaching millions of students each year. The “Queens of Kindness” at Morikami rewarded students for taking the challenge to perform random acts of kindness on campus during the school day. Students performed many different acts of kindness which included picking up trash on campus, slipping a nice note to a friend in their backpack, saying thank you to the librarian, telling a joke to make someone laugh, lending a pencil to a friend, helping teachers, and many more!
Morikami students also participated in the Guinness Book of World Record for the “most kind-hearted handprints.” The handprint artwork will be displayed at the Dignity Health Hospital to break the official record for the Largest Collage of the Cut-Out Handprints.
“This week our students were inspired to spread kindness not only on campus but through taking action in their communities. It is our greatest hope that the kindness continues throughout the school year,” said Mrs. Stacey Quiñoñes, Principal.
The Great Kindness Challenge is presented by Kids for Peace, a global, chapter-based 501(c)(3) non-profit that provides a platform for young people to actively engage in socially concise leadership, community service, arts, environmental stewardship, and global friendship. Since their founding in 2006, they have grown to over 100 chapters, spanning six continents.
For more information please call Amy Mercier at 561-894-7300 or email
(L to R): The “Queens of Kindness” on duty – Mrs. Coletto, Assistant Principal; Mrs. Quiñoñes, Principal; Mrs. Saraceni, Guidance Counselor; and Mrs. Mercier, IB Magnet Coordinator.
Child inspired and created artwork entitled “Most Kind-Hearted Handprints.”