Liverpool students work to spread kindness

LIVERPOOL, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - A 'Kindness Club,' in the midst of dozens of high school threats, is changing the way students at Liverpool High School think.

Signs reading "be positive," "love yourself," and "always stay humble and kind" now hang in Liverpool High School. 
"Looking at the wall on the way to class and seeing like "you rock," "you can do this," "you're beautiful" some people really need that," said student Lachlan Eicholzer. 

Especially in the halls of a high school, added classmate Sarah LaValley, "I think that high school, especially, is very hard for a lot of people. You can be one of the happiest people that people know and you can still have a hard day or other struggles."

That's why teacher Judi Flick and a handful of her students started the LHS Kindness Club. 

It's exactly what it sounds like.

"I think it's kind of important that you always look out for other people," explained Flick. "It's a difficult world, and if we can teach these kids to put others first, then it can only improve the way society is, and it will help everybody live a happier life."

In response to the Parkland school shooting, instead of insisting on a walkout, these students are choosing a different movement. It's called #WhatsYour17. 
"I think we thought that this would be a better idea than just walking out of school, that we could spread kindness through doing 17 random acts of kindness every day to honor the 17 victims of the shooting," Kindness Club member Avery Clarke said. 

They're hoping the small acts will reach the people who need them most. 

As for being kind to themselves, the students set an alarm for every evening at 7:00. When it goes off, it reminds them to be grateful for what they have. 

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