The Great Kindness Challenge

Kids for Peace Builds a New School Playground in Puerto Rico, Made Possible by their Kind Coins for Hurricane Relief Campaign

Posted on by

Program raises $200,000 to build four new playgrounds for communities impacted by 2017 Hurricanes;
Students & families raise $100,000 and Hasbro assists with a $100,000 matching grant

Carlsbad, CA (May 25, 2018) – Global nonprofit Kids for Peace, home to The Great Kindness Challenge
and the Kind Coins Campaign, is thrilled to announce the building of a new playground at Sofía Rexach
Elementary School in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Kids for Peace staff, partners and volunteers will join
together to build the new playground in San Juan, Puerto Rico from June 13-15, 2018, with a ribboncutting
celebration scheduled for June 15.

“Following last year’s hurricanes, the children and families living in Puerto Rico are still facing such
difficult times, and we truly hope this playground will bring the Sofia Rexach school community a spark
of joy,” said Jill McManigal, executive director and co-founder of Kids for Peace. “Thanks to the kindness
and passion of thousands of students, families and committed partners like Hasbro who contributed
through The Great Kindness Challenge Kind Coins for Hurricane Relief Campaign, we are so excited to
build this beautiful playground with members of the community, and to bring the children the healing
power of play.”

The Great Kindness Challenge Kind Coins Campaign is an annual unifying service project to respond to
communities in need. The 2018 Kind Coins for Hurricane Relief Campaign was a direct response to the
devastating 2017 hurricane season. Leading with kindness and compassion, the students & families who
participated in The Great Kindness Challenge wanted to help, and the idea of building four new
playgrounds at schools in hurricane-impacted communities in Texas, Puerto Rico, Florida, and Louisiana
was born. More than 80,000 students participated in this project, helping to show how everybody has a
role to play in creating a kinder world. Hasbro, Inc., through its BE FEARLESS BE KIND philanthropic
initiative, matched $100,000 of the funds raised, to ensure all four playgrounds could become a reality.
Sofía Rexach Elementary School, serving 190 students, was completely destroyed when Hurricane Maria
wreaked havoc on Puerto Rico. Students were left without a school, without a playground, and without
a safe area to learn, grow, and play. The school was moved to a new location that was formerly an
intermediate school. The opportunity to have a new playground for this school was received with great
enthusiasm, since the school did not have a space for the young students to step away from the
challenges of losing their school – and for many their own homes – and to simply play.

Kids for Peace, Hasbro, and the playground manufacturer GameTime, are thrilled to see the ripple effect
and unifying power of the students’ kindness demonstrated through the 2018 Kind Coins for Hurricane
Relief Campaign.

“It is inspiring to see so many young people come together through The Great Kindness Challenge to
stand up and help make a difference for the families still recovering from last year’s hurricanes,” said
Karen Davis, senior vice president of Global Philanthropy and Social Impact, Hasbro, Inc. “At Hasbro, we
believe that all youth have the ability to make a difference in the world and we are excited to provide
the additional funding to amplify their kindness and help build the four playgrounds.”

In addition to the $100,000 matching grant supporting the Kind Coins for Hurricane Relief Campaign,
Hasbro is the presenting sponsor of the Great Kindness Challenge – Family Edition and a co-sponsor of
this year’s School Edition alongside Dignity Health. This relationship is part of Hasbro’s BE FEARLESS BE
KIND signature philanthropic initiative, which is designed to empower kids to have the compassion and
courage to stand up for others, to be inclusive and to make a difference in the world.

With a dedicated team of volunteers and wishes filled with love and peace from students all over the
world, a beautiful playground will break ground in Puerto Rico on June 13th, 2018 and will be open to
the community to provide a safe place to play, heal, and grow.

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 50 item checklist, schools and families are challenged to
complete as many acts of kindness as possible. The School Edition is an annual one week challenge
during the last week of January. The Family Edition is year-round. Schools and families may get involved
by signing up at no cost here: www.greatkindnesschallenge.org.

The 2018 Great Kindness Challenge was made possible by the generosity of presenting sponsors Hasbro,
Inc. and its BE FEARLESS BE KIND initiative and Dignity Health, along with our supporting sponsors:
ViaSat, Nordson, Datron, NRG, Servant Leadership Institute, 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 has now
launched over 450 chapters on six continents. All Kids for Peace activities are based on the Peace
Pledge, wise words written by children to inspire peace for all.

 

Contact: Jill McManigal
760.846.0608
jill@kidsforpeaceglobal.org
www.KidsforPeaceGlobal.org

Posted in Press

back to top

Please enter your birthday:

We’re sorry, but you are not eligible to access this site.

If you believe you received this message in error, please contact us for assistance.

OK

Please enter your birthday:

We’re sorry, but you are not eligible to access this site.

If you believe you received this message in error, please contact us for assistance.

OK