Welcome to Elevate

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What is Elevate?

Elevate is an initiative brought to you by Lifestyle Publications to promote kindness, thoughtfulness and positivity in our area middle schools. We believe kids have great ideas and have the power to change the world around them by being kind citizens. Elevate encourages them to put those ideas into action and to create a video or photo showing us their kindness project. The community can vote on these photos and videos, and the winning project each month will win $1000. 

Contest Dates


Upload video or photo project on or before December 4th. Voting round ends December 15th. 


Upload video or photo project on or before February 3rd. Voting round ends February 12th.


Upload video or photo project on or before March 3rd. Voting round ends March 12th.


Upload video or photo project on or before April 3rd. Voting round ends April 10th. 


Special Teacher Round. Two $5000 checks will be awarded to the top two building winners. Video submissions due by May 1st. Grants graciously provided by Audi Shawnee Mission and Commerce Bank.

Bonus Teacher/Administration Round

In the Spring , we will invite teachers and administration in each school to pick a project or two that students in their building have come up with, and adopt that project to become part of the culture and climate of their school. They can create a video showing us how it has impacted their building, and those videos will be voted on by the community. The winning school in Blue Valley and the winning school in Olathe will both win a $5000 grant for their school. These grants are sponsored by Shawnee Mission Audi and Commerce Bank. This part of the competition shows our students that their ideas matter and that they can make a difference.

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