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Meadow Green Earns Kindness Certified School Recognition!

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Students are honored for actively creating a kinder world.

kindness seal[Whittier, California] – The world can use some extra joy right now and the students at Meadow Green are doing their part to uplift their community with kindness, compassion, unity and respect! To recognize Meadow Green's ongoing commitment to kindness and their participation in the 10th annual Great Kindness Challenge, they have been designated as a “Kindness Certified School” by Kids for Peace.  Meadow Green's annual participation in this challenge was started in 2016 by then Principal Liz Kaneshiro, and 2021 marks the 5th year in a row that Meadow Green has earned this honor.  

Kids for Peace is a global nonprofit that hosts The Great Kindness Challenge, a positive and uplifting program that fosters connection, inclusion, appreciation and overall well-being. The annual program has multiplied in enrollment each year, having grown to over 17 million students in 33,000 schools, reaching across all 50 states and 115 countries.

Meadow Green demonstrated their commitment to kindness by encouraging all students to complete 50 acts of kindness from The Great Kindness Challenge checklist as well as adapting kindness activities to a virtual website for distance learning, and encouraging and accepting positive shout outs! 

Their school principal, Matt Cukro, couldn’t be prouder of the Meadow Green students. “Even in needing to adapt to participating in the kindness challenge in distance learning, our students continued to step up to the plate and should be proud of the positive messages and actions that took place not only during the Great Kindness Challenge, but all year long at Meadow Green!"

Jill McManigal, co-founder and executive director of Kids for Peace, is thrilled to recognize the school’s commitment to kindness. "Our hearts are bursting with joy knowing that so many students are actively creating a brighter, happier and more positive world for all. Even during the pandemic, students are finding creative ways to spread love, honor classmates, show gratitude and offer a helping hand. We are thankful to Meadow Green for providing this opportunity for their students to practice kindness and we are grateful to their students for demonstrating that kindness matters!”

Meadow Green invites the Whittier and La Habra communities to keep the kindness going by lifting each other up, helping each other out and cheering each other on. Kindness has the power to unite us all!

About The Great Kindness Challenge

The Great Kindness Challenge is a positive and uplifting program that creates a culture of kindness in schools, communities and the world. Using a kindness checklist, schools and families are challenged to complete as many acts of kindness as possible. The School Edition is an annual one-week celebration during the last week of January. The Family Edition is year-round. Schools and families may get involved by signing up at no cost: The Great Kindness Challenge is made possible by the generosity of our sponsors: Toy Foundation, ViaSat, Nordson and McGraw-Hill Education.


About Kids for Peace

Kids for Peace is a California-based global nonprofit that provides a platform for youth to actively engage in socially-conscious leadership, community service, arts, environmental stewardship and global friendships. Founded in 2006 by a mother and a high school honors student, Kids for Peace now engages over 17 million youth through their three programs: The Great Kindness Challenge, The Peace Pledge Program and Kind, Creative & Connected in the Age of COVID19.  

For more information about Kids for Peace or The Great Kindness Challenge, please contact Jill McManigal at +1.760.730.3320.

About Meadow Green

Meadow Green Elementary School is one of six schools in the Lowell Joint School District and is located in Whittier, California. Meadow Green is a TK-6 Gold Ribbon and California Distinguished Award Winning School.  Meadow Green is a caring community that is dedicated to ensuring that each child reaches his or her potential. Students, staff, and families unite to provide our students with an outstanding educational environment. Today's students will become tomorrow's leaders. Franklin D. Roosevelt stated, "We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future." Our goal is to prepare students to be critical thinkers, responsible and respectful students, and life-long learners who are ready for the demands the future will place on them. Meadow Green students are ready and eager to learn. The teachers and staff of Meadow Green are dedicated to providing an instructional program of the highest quality using the District Standards as a guideline. Coupled with an enthusiastic staff and supportive parents, our school is the location of active learning every day.
Our students continue to rank among the highest performing elementary schools not only in the Whittier / La Habra area, but across the state of California on yearly California Smarter Balanced assessments in both English Language Arts and Math. These strong outcomes can be seen on the California School Dashboard, which is released and updated yearly by the California Department of Education. Meadow Green also ranks number one or at the top of rankings for schools in the cities of Whittier and La Habra by sites such as and Strong results on these rigorous assessments indicate that Meadow Green produces students who are college and career ready!

The P.R.I.D.E. Program at Meadow Green stands for Personal Responsibility In Daily Effort. Our students, teachers, and parents are committed to accepting and succeeding at showing Personal Responsibility In Daily Effort. Students show P.R.I.D.E. by respecting themselves, their potential, and by respecting others. These elements combine to create a healthy learning environment at Meadow Green.

The Meadow Green PTA constantly supports our school with worthwhile activities and educational assemblies. Their efforts make a difference in the lives of the children. I encourage all parents to become actively involved.