What Is Kindness? DMV 5th Graders Respond…

Washington, D.C. ( July 8, 2019) – The WHUR 96 Days of Summer continues as we send dozens of youth for a fun-filled day at Kings Dominion.  They are the winners of our “WHUR Kings Dominion Kindness Challenge.”  At a time when so many people find themselves victims of rude or discourteous behavior, WHUR embarked on a campaign to spur kindness in the DMV.  We asked 5th graders at schools in the District, Prince George’s County, and Alexandria to tell us how they go about their day being kind to others.  The reactions were priceless.  Here are some of the responses from youngsters at Garfield Elementary School.

Kindness is about helping others when help is needed

Kindness is being nice and grateful for what you have

Kindness is being fair and sharing


Schools submitted two-minute videos showing 5th graders exhibiting kindness, generosity, good citizenship, and great character. Their respective school superintendents chose three schools.   The winners are: Garfield Elementary in SE, D.C.; Tulip Grove in Bowie, Maryland; and Douglas MacArthur Elementary in Alexandria, Virginia.

“We believe the youth in our community are a powerful voice for change. That’s why we put the challenge to them to come up with practical ways to help us be a kinder and nicer community,” said WHUR General Manager Sean Plater.

The winners received tickets to Kings Dominion, complete with parking passes, lunch, and fast passes to avoid long lines at the amusement park. The teachers received WHUR t-shirts, wristbands, and other goodies.

We love our youth in the DMV. So the next time you’re stuck in traffic or someone cuts you off on the roadway, think of our youth and BE KIND,” added Plater.