Why is AZ’s ‘kind campus’ movement attracting researchers’ attention?

| September 9, 2015

By Lisa Irish • Arizona Education News Service • Arizona School Boards Association

When students at Rio Rico High School in Arizona’s Santa Cruz County see a person doing something kind, they can take the Be Kind/Step Up bracelet off their wrist and give it to that person to let them know their kindness was noticed and appreciated.

“Any time you can recognize kids, especially high school kids, for doing the right thing and being kind to each other it’s good,” said Shelly Vroegh, Rio Rico principal. “It’s not just an elementary (student) thing, you have to teach high schoolers sometimes how to be kind as well.”

Rio Rico is one of 200 Arizona public schools and 320 nationwide that have joined the Kind Campus movement that was started in Tucson and has attracted the attention of researchers at the University of Arizona.

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