MOUNDS, Okla. -- Students at Liberty Middle School are teaching others a vital lesson in spreading kindness. These girls and boys are going beyond their textbooks, learning the impact of being kind to others and realizing small acts go a long way.
Sixth graders Hailey Gawetz and Gracie Stanley noticed their classmates in Mounds could use a pick-me-up. They took to their pen and paper to surprise others with notes filled with positivity.
"A lot of people at our school kind of always seemed down so we started writing them to kind of brighten their mood," said Gawetz.
The girls have placed over 100 notes the past two months in random lockers. When students open the doors, simple messages such as "smile" brighten their day.
"Even if someone isn't kind to me, I remember that if you have kindness you have strength, and as you spread kindness, you spread strength," said Gawetz.
Principal Trina Evans followed suit, and challenged the entire school to perform random acts of kindness. In one day, students brought dozens of food items for those in need.
"I didn't for a second doubt that they couldn't do this, but it's just a really, really proud feeling," said Alyssa Fuxa, a sixth grader teacher.
The staff hopes to teach these kids the importance of giving back.
"Any little bit that you can give to someone else can really help them and make their day and make their life better," said Leah Clay, a sixth grade teacher.
"Even small things can help spread kindness and put sun in a gloomy day," said Gawetz.
Liberty Middle School plans to host more food drives as the holidays approach, giving students multiple opportunities to spread a little kindness.
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