Choices Challenge: Mission Positive

Spread kindness during Anti-Bullying Month by joining our #MissionPositive Choices Challenge!

We’re sending you on a scavenger hunt to drown out cruelty. How many random acts of kindness can you complete?

1.  ACCEPT YOUR CALL TO DUTY. 
Print out our Mission: Positive game card. It’s loaded with ideas to help create a kinder climate in your school and community.

2.  COMPLETE YOUR MISSION. 
See how much positivity you can spread, and keep track of your progress using your game card. (Score bonus points by documenting your #MissionPositive on social media!)

3.  FILE YOUR REPORT. 
Now tally up your points and complete the exit interview survey, where we’ll be asking you to reflect on the most meaningful moment of your mission.


WIN!

Three individual winners (chosen on the quality and quantity of their acts) will each receive a $50 gift card. We’ll also be giving a $75 DonorsChoose gift card to the teacher whose class completes the most missions!


POINTS SYSTEM

Use the chart below to find inspiration for your acts of kindness, along with the point values for each act. You will be asked to tally your total amount of points when you complete our Exit Survey to officially enter the Challenge.

 

EXPRESS THANKS

FIRST STEPS (+1) THE EXTRA MILE (+3) ABOVE & BEYOND (+5)
Say “thank you” to someone who works at your school. Bake cookies to thank a secretary, custodian, or cafeteria worker. Write an op-ed in your school paper, showing appreciation for the school workers.
Send a text to a friend, thanking them for being there for you. Write a letter to express gratitude to a family member who supported you during a tough time Challenge yourself to utter not even one tiny complaint for an entire week.

 

  SHOW COMPASSION

FIRST STEPS (+1) THE EXTRA MILE (+3) ABOVE & BEYOND (+5)
Make eye contact with someone, ask, “How are you doing?” and really listen to the answer. Do a chore at home that you know your parents dread. (Without them asking you first!) Offer to rake leaves or wash the car for your neighbors.
Instead of just saying “hey” to your friends, show them how excited you are to see them by giving them a huge hug or a high five. Yeah, your little sibling or cousin may get on your nerves sometimes, but they look up to you. Set aside some extra time to hang out with them, and do what they want to do. Compliment someone in front of a group… or apologize to someone you’ve wronged in the past. (These are easier said than done!)

 

GIVE BACK

FIRST STEPS (+1) THE EXTRA MILE (+3) ABOVE & BEYOND (+5)
Clean up someone else’s mess (without being asked). Spend the afternoon picking up trash in your local park. Recruit a team of at least 5 friends to spend a Saturday cleaning the park.
Great at baking? Awesome artist? Offer your skills (free of charge) for an upcoming event. Spend a few afternoons tutoring at your local elementary school. Organize a canned food drive in your school, where food can be collected for the homeless.

 

ACT SELFLESSLY

FIRST STEPS (+1) THE EXTRA MILE (+3) ABOVE & BEYOND (+5)
Leave a nice tip (not just extra pennies) in the tip jar. When you’re standing in a seemingly endless line, let someone go ahead of you, and encourage your friends to do the same. Give up your seat in a crowded space. (Not just for a pregnant or elderly person.)
Clean out your closet, and offer the clothes to someone who could use them. (You know you’re not going to wear that old t-shirt anyway!) Dig through your bookshelf and old toys to find items you’ve outgrown to donate to Goodwill.

Organize a garage sale to clear out clutter and donate the proceeds to your local shelter.

 

SPREAD GOOD VIBES

FIRST STEPS (+1) THE EXTRA MILE (+3) ABOVE & BEYOND (+5)
Hold the door open for 5 people in one day. Smile and say “hi” to at least a dozen people in one day. Leave positive Post-It notes on people’s lockers (or bathroom mirrors) to spread kindness.
Congratulate a classmate on a high grade or a stellar presentation. Pick someone for your team in gym class that you usually wouldn’t.

Organize a Mix It Up at Lunch Day in your school cafeteria on Oct. 27. (Visit facebook.com/MixItUpAtLunch for more details!)

 

 

Images: Nick Lylak/Alamy (Runner); Mark Hatfield/E+/Getty Images (Washing car); Bon Appetit/Alamy (Cookies); Glow Images/Getty Images (Ironing); Kirby Hamilton/E+/Getty Images (Tip jar); Sorbetto/Getty Images (Pinwheel)

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