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Alex Trebek: Why Compassion Education Matters

We have been fortunate to collaborate with the Alex and Jean Trebek Foundation to bring The Compassion Project to elementary schools across the US. As we mark the one-year anniversary of his passing this November, we wanted to share his inspiring message to parents, teachers and students.

The challenge is now closed.

Thank you to all of those who participated in the 2021 National Compassion Challenge! Tune in next November for the 2022 National Compassion Challenge!

Check out this past year’s submissions!


About the Challenge

As children across the nation face unprecedented mental health challenges due to ongoing effects of the pandemic, educators are placing renewed focus on building kinder, more compassionate classroom communities. The Compassion Project is a national initiative to teach elementary school students about compassion, empathy, and mindfulness — and help educators facilitate lessons around important Social Emotional Learning (SEL) skills.

Join us in November for the National Compassion Challenge, a fun and easy way for teachers to build classroom community by helping students foster empathy and compassion for their classmates, both in the classroom and in life.

Compassion is when you...

someone in need.

about their feelings.

something to show you care.

What Teachers Are Saying

“Talk about discovering a hidden treasure! Wow! I engage my students in daily Growth Mindset activities every morning. After a year of remote learning, I knew my students would be experiencing big emotions returning to the classroom so I wanted to focus on mindfulness and compassion. In focusing on mindfulness and compassion, the Compassion Project is exposing my students to strategies for processing their emotions and understanding how their classmates are feeling.”

Mr. Zebroski
Orlando, FL

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Complete Contest Rules and Regulations

Over the course of this two-week challenge, beginning June 1, 2020 at 12:00am EDT and concluding June 15, 2020 at 11:59pm EDT, parents and students will be asked to participate in completing one digital learning module of the Compassion Project digital course. Participation, as it relates to the contest, is defined as beginning one module of the course.

After students participate in the digital course, parents are invited to participate in the challenge with by performing an action of compassion with their child (prompts include but are not limited to delivering a small care package to a neighbor, donating food to a local food pantry, sending a thank you note to someone who is working hard to keep communities safe, creating window art, etc.). Participants agree to comply with all local and regional social distancing guidelines in their submission Each submission that tags #SeeCareDo, @EVERFIK12, and a school or district social media handle will count as one point for that school. The three schools with the highest number of parent submissions will receive a $1000 Amazon gift card.


To be eligible to receive one of three $1000 Amazon gift cards, you must:
1. Be a K-12 Educator with an EVERFI account (Login or Register Your Free Account)
2. Have students complete at least one digital module of the Compassion Project course
3. Participate in the challenge by sharing a post on social media and tagging #SeeCareDo, @EVERFIK12, and your school or district. Post can be encouraging students to participate, or sharing your own act of compassion!


Winners will be selected by a team of EVERFI judges who will review all social media posts on Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, or Twitter that tag #SeeCareDo, #CompassionChallenge, @EVERFIK12, and a school or district handle. The three teachers with the greatest number of submissions that accurately respond to the challenge prompt will each receive a $1000 Amazon gift card for their school. Multiple teachers at a school can participate, but prizes will be limited to one gift card per school.


Three winning schools will receive a $1000 Amazon gift card delivered electronically. The teacher(s) at that winning school will be emailed an authorization form stating that they are complying with their school district’s policy on rewards and/or incentives. Winners must return this authorization form within three weeks in order to receive the gift card. Cards are not redeemable for cash. EVERFI shall have the right to repost submissions on the EVERFI or EVERFIK12 social media handles. With written consent, EVERFI and its affiliates shall have the right, title, and interest to use, including any Copyright, to market and otherwise own the content of the submitted contest entry. This promotion is sponsored solely by EVERFI, Inc., located at 2300 N Street N.W., 5th Floor, Washington, D.C. 20037.  EverFi and its sponsors, and their respective employees and family members are not eligible to apply.  Void where prohibited.