Jackson Northwest High School students start Be More Kind Club

LANSING, Michigan – A group of students at Jackson Northwest High School created an after-school program that is making a big difference in their community and is all about being kind.

Students meet every other Monday to develop ways to positively impact their school and community. Senior Kriztopher Bilby says it’s a welcome addition to the school.

“One of the things that we focus on in this group is making sure that each of us is okay and we’re there for each other,” he said.

Sophomore Destiny Zuniga says the weekly gatherings attract 10 to 30 kids, and each one of them learns how to spread kindness.

“I’ve made more friends and become more positive,” Zuniga said.

English teacher Marnie Hade co-founded the after-school organization and called it The Be More Kind Club. Hade says the group’s popularity is growing every year, although it’s not a typical high school club.

“It’s way outside of many people’s comfort zones. Nothing we do is on our phones. Everything is a personal way of communicating,” Hane said. “They write friendly sticky notes for the kids to see on their lockers. They greet children in the morning as a surprise tunnel.”

The tunnels, as the children call them, are one of their favorite activities. Cadance Hemminger, sophomore, says it’s simple and effective.

“There are always different reactions in the morning. Some students are tired and they just don’t feel like it. And others are like, ‘Oh my God, thank you. I needed that.’ It also makes me feel good because I’m making a difference in someone’s life, at least for that day,” Hemminger said.

The Be More Kind Club also organizes community events such as B. A day honoring local heroes. According to Hemminger, the club also adopts local families in need.

“I love the family aspect of it. That is amazing. We’re like a big family here, but we also help a lot of people,” she said. We get a few people to write letters to the teachers about what they appreciate about them.”

The club’s co-founder and teacher, Becky Moulton, received one of these notes.

“One student said your positivity in the morning helps me cheer up and gives me a boost for the day. So, I mean, that gave me a boost. Sometimes, especially teachers, don’t necessarily hear something that positive from students, and that’s heartwarming,” Moulton said. “I make a difference because you don’t always know if you do!”

Hade agrees and says it’s a pleasure to know you’re helping make a place better.

“It’s contagious, isn’t it? The greatest gift you can give yourself is to give yourself,” Hade said.

We couldn’t agree more. Thank you Jackson Northwest High School’s Be More Kind Club. You are the Good Neighbors this week.

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