Ophir third graders Sabine Hurlbut (left) and Pearl Goldberg show off their artwork, which will become part of a larger quilt. PHOTO COURTESY OF BSSD

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Join the Great Kindness Challenge
“Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind.” —American novelist Henry James

“Have a nice day!” Those words, while seemingly simple, can really hit home for someone who could use some positivity. While “random acts of kindness” are welcome year-round, Big Sky School District teacher Erika Frounfelker is inviting Big Sky to expand its kindness quota by participating in the Great Kindness Challenge Jan. 29–Feb. 2.  

“The Great Kindness Challenge started last year, mostly because we felt it was important for the students to learn the power of kindness,” Frounfelker said. “We wanted to encourage the students and the community to participate in spreading kindness.”

All members of the community are invited to kick off the week of kindness by being part of the “kindness tunnel” at Big Sky School District at 8:10 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 29. Participants will either greet the young scholars as they disembark the bus or along the hallways of the school. 

“Last year the fire department, parents and local community members came to the school at 8:10-8:15 and cheered for the kids as they walked into the building for school,” Frounfelker wrote in an email to the Lookout. “This year we would like to get even more people so that we can have two tunnels, one for the front entrance, and one for the bus entrance. The kids LOVED having so many people here to wish them a great week.”  

The Kindness Challenge goes beyond the walls of Ophir. Frounfelker said her students will be up at Big Sky Resort during the week. If they see someone who could use a kind word or an assist with their skis, the kids will step in and make 
it happen. 

“It’s great for us to get out and do kind things for the community,” Frounfelker said. “Kindness can go outside the walls of this building and this was a great opportunity to bring the community to the school and the school to the community.”

Local businesses are also welcomed to join the Challenge, and now is the time to sign up. Last year shops and offices around town offered giveaways, discounts, snacks, drawings and more to anyone who stopped in with a kind word. 

Other establishments and individuals chose last year to give thanks via gifts as part of a drawing for the Big Sky School District staff—from tote bags to energy tabs, gift certificates and even a day of skiing for two at the Yellowstone Club. 

To get involved, email Frounfelker in the elementary school at efrounfelker@bssd72.org or Abby Villeneuve in the high school/middle school at avilleneuve@bssd72.org or via phone at (406) 995-4281.

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