Ingenious Lab 10 Day Challenge

Who would have ever thought that a 10 day school challenge would take weeks?  Well, between delays, snow days, and the weekends our challenge surpassed 10 days.  But hey, that is a good thing!  Acts of kindness can be spontaneous and that is fabulous, but every once in awhile you need to shift your mindset from me me me to others and that is what we intentionally did after the holidays.


Our challenge was pretty simple, but the math and impact behind it was profound.   One person can make a difference with just one act of kindness so what about 10?   Can you imagine what would happen if all 27 participated?  Oh yes, the Ingenious Lab students took on this challenge with a goal of 10 in mind.  Most met that goal, while others crushed it, and in the end over 300 people had a moment of Pure Goodness come from 27 caring hearts.

Let us inspire you with some of our simple acts:

shoveled snow

did chores without being asked

opened a door

gave a hug

did the laundry

washed dishes

bought someone’s groceries

made a card for someone

donated toys

gave away some trading cards

taught someone to do something that they couldn’t 

took out trash


The list goes on and on.  So what can you do?  We challenge YOU to be the difference.  Pure Goodness in this world CAN and WILL make a difference! Always remember K is for KIND and that is the universal language we can all interpret!  Now go out and spread the kindness one act at a time!



What do you mean one word Mrs. Nan?  Just one?  Yes, just one…

one that will take you on a journey for the next 365 days.  One that will transform your thinking.  One that will create moments of growth.  One that is destined to give you opportunities for a different mindset.  One that will exude your goodness as you pass my 3rd grade door on the first day of 4th grade this fall.  One word… just one!

Here are a few of the many words our class chose for 2018:

SHINE: “Shine like a star and stand out.  Everyone is different.  No one is the same.  For example never give up and try your best.  Be your self because everyone is already taken (I think she noticed a quote on my door -Oscar Wilde).  Shine means be yourself and don’t back down.” 

CREATIVE: “Creative is the word that would tell a lot about me like I love to build, make, and draw.  It would be the best word I could pick and a very good word to make a sketch note for my word to have.” 

SMILE: “I pick smile because when I walk around in school and outside of school and outside of my home I see 75% of the people not smiling enough and I really want to look over and say why don’t you smile more?  It would make your life way easier and you would have a better day.  I personally think smiling more just makes me more positive and makes me more confident on a test.” 

GOALS“It is like you are moving to new levels after completing your goals.  This year I am going to set goals for myself to keep growing myself to get better.  It is like soccer when you are getting goals to compete in the game and win.” 

HELPFUL: “Because poor kids and adults need help so I want to donate to the poor.  I want to help now so we can go to heaven one day and have a good time.” 

ENGAGED: “I want to engage into focusing on what is happening in the moment so I don’t have to go back and say to myself, What was it that I was working on?” 

KIND: “Being kind feels good.  I think kind is a word for everyone.  Everyone needs to be kind so others will feel better.  People will treat people better and people will feel happy.”    

UNDERSTANDPeople leave me out when we do group work and I think that if they understood me maybe it could change.  When they leave me out I just want to quit because it hurts.  It truly does.” 

DISCIPLINED“I would like to make my parents proud of me.  I want to do something that they do not have to tell me to do.  I can set the table or help clean up without them telling me.” 

RISE: “When I feel down I always tell myself, rise up happiness and set down sadness.  When I say these words I get super happy.” IMG_3313

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