Random Acts of Kindness Fill Prairie High School

By Jill Kasparie, Reporter

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Prairie High School students are on a mission to make people smile. Sometimes it's easy to forget to say nice things or even thank people for what they do. So, a Prairie project encourages people to do just that. Kiwanis Key Club Vice President Katie Hamilton is roaming the halls of Prairie High School. The high school junior is passing out the first round of notes that she wrote as part of the "Random Acts of Kindness Days". "It says thanks for being such a great friend and an awesome section leader," Hamilton said. The Key Club member helped organize the event and said many people at the school are taking part. Students or staff can pick up the cards and drop someone a line, whether it's a friend or stranger. "The opposite of bullying would be being inclusive and being encouraging, rather than putting other people down. So, I think it's just really important for the general community, sense of community, at Prairie that we think about people besides ourselves and do kind things for them," said Key Club President & Prairie Senior Anna Rubsam. Even staff members are getting some recognition. "I received one. I was quite surprised," said Prairie High School Principal Erik Anderson. Anderson said he's proud of the students for pulling this together. He's having fun watching others receive messages. "Any time when you see somebody come in here, and they'll see one in their locker, that they find that they have and it's kind of exciting for them to see -- being noticed, even as an adult for something that they're doing positive in the building," Anderson said. They had so much success on the first day that they needed to print more cards for the next two days of the event. The Key Club members said they hope this has a ripple effect, encouraging others to take part in random acts of kindness. On a cold day, kind messages are filling the hallways with a lot of warmth and kindness. That's enough to make a lot of people smile.
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