We had an overwhelming number of responses, and each essay included wonderful and inspiring examples of kindness. The contest judges have enjoyed reading each and every essay.
We would like to congratulate the following students for their excellent writing and creativity in their essays! All winners have been contacted.
1st Place: Brinley from Phoenix, Arizona
2nd Place: Aaliyah from Douglas, Arizona
3rd Place: Justyn from Las Vegas, Nevada
Notable Mention: Avia from Watertown, South Dakota
Notable Mention: Maya from Watertown, South Dakota
Notable Mention: Troy from Douglas, Arizona
1st Place: Brooke from Scottsdale, Arizona
2nd Place: Olivia from Crystal Lake, Illinois
3rd Place: Lucas from Philidelphia, Pennsylvania
Notable Mention: Scarlett from Scottsdale, Arizona
Notable Mention: Amelie from Scottsdale, Arizona
Notable Mention: Julia from Queen Creek, Arizona
1st Place: Adeline from Tuscon, Arizona
2nd Place: Kira from Tuscon, Arizona
3rd Place: Sofia from Nogales, Arizona
Notable Mention: Shelsy from Nogales, Arizona
Notable Mention: Elise from Tuscon, Arizona
Notable Mention: Rickey from Tuscon, Arizona
How I Can Make a Difference
Prompt: “If I were in charge of making my community a kinder place, this is what I would do.”
While not required, you can use these Social and Emotional Learning themes and examples to inspire your submission:
Self-awareness – “How can I make a difference by recognizing and using my strengths to help others?”
Self-management – “How can I make a difference by practicing resilience and positivity to reach my goals?”
Responsible decision making – “How can I make a difference by being considerate and making responsible decisions?”
Relationship skills – “How can I make a difference by showing compassion and being a friend even if we don’t always agree?”
Social awareness – “How can I make a difference by demonstrating empathy, inclusivity, respect, and kindness?”
Each entry should be student-written and align with academic standards. The original writing should answer the question, “How can I make my community a kinder place?”, and be based on real actions of kindness relating to your own life and The Be Kind Pledge™.
For grades K-2: A one-page picture or picture series accompanied by 1-5 nicely hand-written sentences.
For grades 3-8: A written essay, maximum 1 page, typed double-space or printed legibly.
Students with disabilities are encouraged to participate in either option based on their abilities and parent or teacher discretion.
Please use the following formula to label your essay document: Grade Group_Last Name_School.
Example: K-2_Smith_Jefferson Elementary, 3-5_Jones_Northwest Elementary, or 6-8_Brown_Roosevelt Middle School.
All entries must be uploaded by the student’s teacher, parent, or guardian and received by Thursday, March 31st, 2022.
Upload entries at https://www.research.net/r/EssayContestSubmission2022 OR mail entries to 10869 N. Scottsdale Road Suite 103-254 Scottsdale, AZ 85254.
Entries Due: Thursday, March 31st, 2022
Winners Announced: Thursday, April 14th, 2022
Based on their submission, first, second, and third place winners will be selected in each of the following grade levels: K-2nd grade, 3rd-5th grade, and 6th-8th grade. Winners will be notified on Thursday, April 14th, 2022, and prizes will be awarded.
All winning students receive BE KIND Swag and a BE KIND Make a Difference Essay Contest Certificate. All teachers of winning students receive BE KIND classroom materials and free access to THE BE KIND SCHOOL premium online classroom resources for the 2022-2023 academic school year. In addition, one grand prize winner in each category will receive a smart speaker or smart watch, live video call with THE BE KIND CREW, free admission to The BE KIND American Adventure Field Trip, and the opportunity to be featured on a national social media broadcast