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Hynes Charter Schools kicks off 70th Anniversary with 2022 Great Kindness Challenge

Date: January 20th, 2022
Hynes Charter Schools kicks off 70th Anniversary with 2022 Great Kindness Challenge

Hynes Charter Schools Kicks Off 70th Anniversarywith 2022 Great Kindness Challenge 

Students honor Martin Luther King with activities celebrating Dr. King’s dream of equity, equality, and inclusion             

A year-long celebration of Hynes Charter Schools’ 70th Anniversary year kicks off with students from all three campuses honoring Martin Luther King, followed by the schools’ annual Great Kindness Challenge, announced Chief Executive Officer Michelle Douglas.

The Great Kindness Challenge, celebrated January 24-28, is a proactive and national initiative that improves school climate, promotes appropriate social behavior, and increases student engagement by devoting one week specifically to performing as many acts of kindness as possible at home and/or at school. “This year we celebrate our 70th Anniversary by kicking it off with a salute to MLK and a dedication to kindness!” said CEO Douglas. “For 70 years, Hynes has been a leader in quality public education in Orleans Parish. Hynes’ inclusive and positive school culture is rooted in kindness, peace and acceptance. These attributes are key elements in our school community success, so and who better exemplified these than Reverend Martin Luther King.”Hynes now operates three diverse, high performing open-admissions schools in the lakefront area of Orleans Parish: Hynes-Lakeview, Hynes-UNO and Hynes-Parkview.

To honor Martin Luther King, Hynes students will focus on activities celebrating Dr. King’s dream of equity, equality, and inclusion. As the Great Kindness Challenge kicks off the Monday following MLK Day, students will begin the day with quotes about kindness shared during morning announcement, have a checklist of intentional acts of kindness to complete, and incorporate activities promoting kindness at school, at home, and in the community.  See the Hynes Kindness is Simple video.Hynes will celebrate its 70th anniversary through December 2022. The Great Kindness Challenge, presented by the global nonprofit Kids for Peace, to address bullying and to foster connection, inclusion, and compassion, involves 17 million students in 33,000 schools, reaching across all 50 states and 115 countries.A schedule for Hynes Charter School Great Kindness Challenge Week activities at each campus for the week of January 24-28 is below. If you would like to cover an event at the school, please contact Heather Harper at or (504) 289-0499. 

Hynes-UNO, 6101 Chatham Drive, 70122: Hynes-UNO students start with a “KND” banner, where students and staff are the “I” in Kind. Daily activities include:Monday: Motivational Monday: Tell someone something motivational!Tuesday: Terrific Tuesday: Kindness is Blooming.  Students will receive a sweet gift.Wednesday: Wellness Wednesday: Post a photo to Hynes-UNO social media of you taking care of your well-being.Thursday: Thank You, Thursday: Students will write thank you notes in school.Friday: Fantastic Friday: Students will get a positive reward!

 Hynes-Parkview, 4617 Mirabeau Avenue, 70126: Daily activities include:Monday: Hynes-Parkview Student Ambassadors will start each day by reading the Kindness quotes during the morning announcements and all homeroom classes will decorate their classroom door with a Kindness Theme.   Tuesday:  Students will show kindness to carpool parents and bus drivers by providing them with a breakfast muffin during morning carpool/drop-off.  Teachers will be treated to a special surprise.  Students will be given a kindness bracelet and pencil. Kindness inspired yard signs will be placed on the lawn of the carpool line. Wednesday: Random Act of Kindness Day where staff and students will participate in random acts of kindness around the school (example, write a kind note to a someone). Thursday:  Why is it important to be kind? A student and staff inspired Kindness Video will be played immediately following morning announcements.  Friday:  Wear your Kindness Gear! Students and staff can wear a t-shirt, mask or sweatshirt with a kindness quote or phrase.  

Hynes-Lakeview, 990 Harrison Avenue, 70124: Hynes-Lakeview will post “Kindness” flyers with tear-off acts of kindness to promote kindness.  Monday: What if we cultivate kindness? (Green is the color of kindness! Wear a green shirt with uniform bottoms)Tuesday: What if we serve others? (Wear a camouflage shirt / accessory or a superhero cape with uniform bottoms)Wednesday: What if we do not judge others by how they look? (Wear funky glasses or crazy socks)Thursday: What if we stand up for one another? (Wear your favorite pair of close-toed shoes)Friday: What if we work out problems with kindness? (Wear school-appropriate workout clothes and tennis shoes) For more information about the #GKC go to
For more information about Hynes, go to:  See the Hynes Kindness is Simple video here.
And remember the hashtags:#hynesspreadskindness#hynesturns70#hynescharterschools#greatkindnesschallenge

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### Hynes offers a challenging academic curriculum that includes a progressive literacy program, gifted and talented courses, classes in art, instrumental music, vocal music, library, theater, and physical education. Art and social-emotional learning are integrated throughout the curriculum.  In addition, Hynes offers a French Immersion program. Hynes is proud of the collaborative culture that it fosters with distributed leadership and shared decision-making. Hynes has identified five core elements that drive its success: 1.) student centered instruction, 2.) an inclusive and positive school culture, 3.) tailored enrichment opportunities for students, 4.) an invested and committed community and 5.) having a sustainable organization.

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