On Sept. 5, Stand for Children announced that Dawes Elementary School is one of 10 schools from across the country that are National Finalists of the Middle School Kindness Challenge.

The finalists were selected from among more than 416 schools from 50 States for their efforts to create a more positive school culture and fostering kindness. The finalist schools announced are distinguished for their commitment to improving school climate and fostering a safe and supportive environment for all students at their school.

The Middle School Kindness Challenge is a program of Stand for Children, a national non-profit education advocacy organization and is supported by Hasbro, Inc.’s BE FEARLESS BE KIND philanthropic initiative.

As part of the challenge, students from the 10 finalist schools took part in four weeks of activities and lessons that generated dialogue around the importance of demonstrating kindness in their school and in their day-to-day life.