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What is the Kindness & Justice Challenge?

January 15, 1999

The Kindness & Justice Challenge is a school-based leadership program that encourages students in kindergarten through grade 12 to perform acts of kindness and justice from Monday, Jan. 18, to Friday, Jan. 29. The event honors the ideals of Martin Luther King Jr. and therefore is being held this year in the weeks after the celebration of his birthday on Jan. 18.

Students are encouraged to write down things they have done that represent kindness, such as helping a neighbor take trash to the road or comforting another child who is crying, and that represent justice, such as defending someone or standing up for what's right even if it's not popular.

Schools can then post their pupils' good deeds on a Web site - www.dosomething.org - or mail them in. Top students and schools receive national recognition and are eligible to win prizes, including computers.

In its second year, the Kindness & Justice Challenge is sponsored by Do Something, a national nonprofit organization that mobilizes young people to be leaders to strengthen their communities, and Applied Materials, a Fortune 500 global growth company.

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Do Something created a grade-specific curriculum for the Challenge that teaches youth about responsibility, compassion, generosity, respect, tolerance, honesty and moral courage.

For information, check the Web site at www.dosomething.org; write to Do Something, attention: Kindness & Justice Challenge, 423 W. 55th Street, 8th floor, New York, N.Y. 10019; or call 1-212-523-1175.

Source: Do Something

- Meg Partington

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