McNicol Middle School Named Finalist in National Middle School Kindness Challenge
Published Monday, April 15, 2019

Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) congratulates McNicol Middle School for being named one of 10 national finalists in the Middle School Kindness Challenge. McNicol Middle was selected as a finalist from 600 schools across the country that participated. For being named a finalist, McNicol Middle receives $1,000 to support activities promoting kindness at the school.

“We are honored to be named a national finalist in the Middle School Kindness Challenge,” said McNicol Middle School Principal Melissa Gurreonero. “We believe, we have the responsibility to not only educate our students with regards to academics, but to also support our students social and emotional needs to help them grow into positive members of our community. By fostering and teaching students about kindness, and its lasting impact on others, we are creating well-rounded citizens.”

The goal of the Middle School Kindness Challenge is to improve school climates by providing a no-cost, user-friendly platform for teachers to access high-quality, easy-to-implement lessons that help students strengthen peer relationships, build empathy and develop a positive mindset.

As part of McNicol Middle’s Kindness Challenge, students collected personal care items such as soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo and conditioner for Broward County Outreach Center, which provides resources and support to the homeless and those in need. In addition, students participated in weekly classroom activities, such as One Word, in which students wrote down a positive word about another student – and then shared the note with the student.  “Students enjoyed reading positive words about themselves and were happy to see their peers say positive things about them,” said Melissa Goulet, McNicol Middle’s Kindness Captain. 

To learn more about the Middle School Kindness Challenge, visit  


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