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Tucson-area schools take on ALS, kindness challenges

Lulu Walker Elementary School Principal Michael McConnell gets covered in kindness as part of the Be Kind Challenge. 

A Desert Sky Middle School assistant principal is taking the ALS ice challenge to another level.

On Friday, students, staff and the Vail community will have the opportunity to dunk Brent Edwards into a freezing tank of ice water for a donation of $5 or more.

All of the proceeds will go to the ALS Association of Arizona. Edwards has been personally touched by ALS as his father-in-law died from the disease earlier this summer.

Students will able to dunk Edwards from 11:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. Community members are invited to participate from 3 to 4 p.m.

Desert Sky is located at 9850 E. Rankin Loop.

The Amphitheater School District has put its own twist on the ice bucket challenge, initiating a Be Kind Challenge that is spreading across campuses.

Schools and groups that accept the challenge commit to performing 1,000 acts of kindness and have a buckets of kindness notes dumped over the leader’s head.

Lulu Walker Elementary School Principal Michael McConnell kicked off the kindness campaign as a way to "start off our second year as a Kind Campus with a bang and to spread kindness throughout our school,” he said.

Kind Campus schools are part of the Ben’s Bell’s education program. Several schools have since accepted the kindness challenge.

“It is thrilling to see the energy and enthusiasm surrounding the #bekindchallenge!” Ben’s Bells founder Jeannette Maré said. "This is a perfect example of how our community has adopted the 'be kind' practice from the bottom up — no mandates, no pressure from above — just people getting excited about their own potential to grow.”

Take a look at some Kindness Challenge footage here:

Contact reporter Alexis Huicochea at or 573-4175. On Twitter @AlexisHuicochea​

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