El Reno school joining worldwide anti-bullying movement

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EL RENO, Okla. – An El Reno school is joining a worldwide anti-bullying movement called the Great Kindness Challenge.

Since 2012, thousands of schools across the world have been taking part in the Great Kindness Challenge.

This year, one of those schools includes Riverside Public School in El Reno.

"My principal, when I first came to Riverside, he was like we need to uphold the Oklahoma standard and the Oklahoma standard is kindness, honor and service. I was like, you know, this sounds like a great program to uphold the Oklahoma standard of kindness,” said Sara Wilkins, the school counselor.

This week, kindness stations will be placed in the hallways of the school.

It's part of a checklist of 50 kind acts the students will be completing.

"We're going to make Valentine's for veterans, thank you cards for teachers, thanking our cafeteria staff, our staff that may not get the recognition they always deserve,” Wilkins said.

The students are excited to take on the challenge.

"I'm looking forward to all of the kind acts that are going to be happening, and just seeing people smile and getting to see them have a good time this week,” said 8th grader Arysa Puckett.

"People are excited over the week, and then they'll keep staying with it, and they'll be excited the entire year and stuff and then they'll stop bullying people,” said 6th grader Gage Novosad.

Over 8,000 schools across the world participated in the Great Kindness Challenge last year.

Wilkins said around 12,000 are participating this year.

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