The Great Kindness Challenge, an Interactive School Initiative

The Great Kindness Challenge, a weeklong interactive school initiative, couldn't have come at a better time. Jill McManigal, a mom from Carlsbad, California, spearheaded the Great Kindness Challenge after taking her small non-profit "Kids for Peace" global. The goal? Encourage kids to perform as many acts of kindness as possible in a short amount of time.

"My inspiration is creating a world where everyone is loved and cared for and happy," McManigal told ABC News.

The idea is simple — each student is to complete an approachable, achievable checklist bulleted with 50 acts of kindness. Items on the checklist include simple gestures like lending a friend a pencil and helping a younger student. But other items, like learning to say "Hello" in another language and making a wish for a child in another country, encourage students to extend kindness beyond their locality — into other areas of the country or world that desperately need it.