National Essay Contest 2022

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Thank you to all our participants in the 2022 BE KIND Make a Difference Essay Contest.

Entries for the Spring 2022 contest closed on
Thursday, March 31st, 2022.

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.

Congratulations to the 2022 BE KIND
Make a Difference Essay Contest Winners

K-2nd Grade Category

  • 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

3rd-5th Grade Category

  • 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

6th- 8th Grade Category

  • 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

Starting Monday, April 25th you can see some of these essays featured on our Instagram @bekindpeople. 

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The 2022 BE KIND Make a Difference Essay Contest details are listed below: 

Enter the Make a Difference Essay Contest

Students K-8th Grade


Kindness and thoughtfulness for others are values that are important for building character in our students while also creating a culture of kindness in our schools and communities. At The Be Kind People Project, we define kindness as intentionally extending good to others and we believe that everyone can make a difference. Whether in school or online, ignite the power of kindness by allowing students to focus their attention and actions on making a difference through their relationships with others. Use this writing prompt to celebrate positive behavior, enhance the learning environment, and spark a culture of kindness in your schools, homes, and communities.


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.

Selection Criteria

Each entry will be judged on the following criteria:
  • Demonstrates a sense of connection with the topic, answers the question, and includes a personal/emotional connection.
  • Focuses on and uses interesting details and creativity to support the topic.
  • Reads with cohesion and ideas flow throughout the writing piece.
  • Conveys vivid imagery through appropriate word choice.
  • Uses appropriate sentence structure and grammar to support ideas.

Submission & Timing

  • 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.

  • The essay must include the student’s name and grade level. Please ensure this information is listed on the essay and not just on the submission form.
  • All entries must be uploaded by the student’s teacher, parent, or guardian and received by Thursday, March 31st, 2022.

  • Upload entries at 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

Apple HomePod Mini
K-2nd Grade Grand Prize
Apple AirPods
3rd-5th Grade Grand Prize
Apple Watch
6th-8th Grade Grand Prize

2021 Make a Difference Essay Contest Winners

Questions? Comments?

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