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The Great Kindness Challenge
Because kindness matters.
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EDMOND, Okla. – Friday wraps up the Great Kindness Challenge, a weeklong movement encouraging kids to create a culture of kindness. More than 12,000 schools across the nation are participating including many in the metro—like Edmond Public Schools.

Students were given a checklist with 50 suggested acts of kindness, and they went to work writing thoughtful notes, holding doors and leaving handmade hearts on desks.

As an added bonus, they dressed up as their heroes (or heroines, in Mini Me's case).

The movement began in 2006 when a local mom, much like you and me, created Kids for Peace. What started as a group of kids sharing love, peace and kindness is now an international nonprofit organization with the same intentions.

"My inspiration is creating a world where everyone is loved and cared for and happy," Jill McManigal, co-founder of the Great Kindness Challenge, told ABC News.

McManigal kicked off the Great Kindness Challenge in 2012 at three community schools in Carlsbad, California. The movement was designed to unify students and create an environment where everyone can thrive. An atmosphere without bullying, “because kindness matters.”

Last year's reach alone impacted more than 5 million students and shared 250 million random acts of kindness.

"We want all children and all students to recognize the goodness in others, and this gives them the platform to do that," McManigal said.

And it’s working. Proof? The note I found in Mini Me's backpack from her best friend, telling her how much she "appreciated" her for making her laugh. If that isn't the sweetest, most genuine act of kindness I'm not sure what is. 

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