Grades K-2
Grades 3-5
Grades 6-8

Secret Kindness Agents

Challenge students to become “Secret Kindness Agents,” and invite them on a secret mission where they perform acts of compassion throughout the school!

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Activity Objectives
  • Students will participate in a challenge to (secretly!) perform acts of kindness for other students, administrators, and staff members at their school
  • Students will collect and display data about their actions using charts, graphs, and/or boards

This activity supports the development of the following social-emotional skills: relationship skills, responsible decision-making, self-awareness, and social awareness.


Challenge your students to become “Secret Kindness Agents” who spread kind messages and acts of compassion across the entire school . . . secretly, of course! This mission will take place over the course of a month. You might ask:

  • Who are some members of our school who might enjoy, or benefit from, some extra appreciation? (e.g., custodians, cafeteria workers, administrators, aides, or new students)
  • How can we surprise these individuals with kind acts that they would appreciate?
  • How can we keep a record of our acts of kindness?

Help students think of ideas for kind acts. These might include writing friendly letters or small notes to thank employees for their work, picking up trash around the school to help custodians, or leaving small treats for other students to find. Students might use Canva, Adobe Spark, or a similar app to create kindness flyers to invite others to join their secret mission!

As students participate in their kindness challenge they can keep track of their acts on a class chart with tally marks or sticky notes. This chart can include categories such as Letters, Clean Up, Helping Others in Need, etc. Later, students can create bar graphs or pie charts to help display their kindness data.


After the challenge is over, facilitate a live virtual exchange with your Empatico partner class to invite students to share about their experience. During the exchange, students might present their charts and data, tell stories about practicing kindness (and how it felt), and provide encouragement and support to each other to keep going!


Guide students through a post-activity reflection by asking the following questions:

  • What did you enjoy most about this activity?
  • What were some of your acts of kindness?
  • How did it feel to show kindness to others? How did they react?‍
  • Did this activity make you think differently about how you show kindness to others? How so?

This activity was created in partnership with Kristin Harrington.

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