Kind­ness day teaches kids ac­cep­tance

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CHARLEVILL­E State High School turned a shade of blue on Tues­day to raise awareness of men­tal health and bul­ly­ing for the Dolly’s Dream Foun­da­tion and Kind­ness Day.

Stu­dent Coun­cil pres­i­dent Brea Frousheger said the day was to en­cour­age peo­ple to be kind and to raise money for the foun­da­tion.

“We want peo­ple to be aware that ev­ery­one is dif­fer­ent, to be kind about it and ac­cept ev­ery­one for their unique­ness and un­der­stand ev­ery­one comes from dif­fer­ent back­grounds, so there is no need to be mean, just be kind and be happy,” Miss Frousheger said.

Se­nior stu­dent Makayla Smith said, “We also hope this day will help im­prove co-op­er­a­tion and re­la­tion­ships in the school and high­light that there is no rea­son to be mean.”

Not only does the Stu­dent Coun­cil team want to en­cour­age others to be kind but also raise awareness of men­tal health and sui­cide in youth, em­pha­sis­ing the role so­cial me­dia and tech­nol­ogy play in bul­ly­ing to­day.

“It is al­ways hap­pen­ing and there isn’t re­ally a week or a month that goes by and you don’t hear about a young per­son com­mit­ting sui­cide or do­ing some­thing harm­ful to them­selves and it’s so sad,” Miss Frousheger said.

The day in­cluded stu­dents wear­ing blue for a cold coin do­na­tion and in­dulging in blue cup­cakes.

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