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We've Gone BLUE for Kindness Week

Submission Date: November 13, 2018

Release Date:  For Immediate Release

Contact: J.D. Hardin, 770-957-6601 ext. 161, john.hardin@henry.k12.ga.us

(Release # 0015-11-18)

 Henry County Schools - We've Gone Blue for Kindness! - Kindness Week - Nov. 12-16

Henry County Schools Celebrates Kindness Week

Annual celebration takes place November 12-16

HENRY COUNTY, GA – Kindness Week makes its return this week to Henry County Schools for the 15th consecutive year.

“Kindness Works! Pass It On” is the official slogan used by those taking an active role in the campaign for kindness.  For many years now, the simple act has provided inspiration for school community members to do good deeds all around the county.

The special week began back in 2004.  It started small, but like the person it was organized in memory of, it has grown to involve and touch so many people in a positive way.  Example after example can be found throughout the school system, and the mission carries on today stronger than ever. 

In its earliest years, the celebration was a one-day effort. It has grown to incorporate an entire week of activities within schools and beyond. The current observance gained a boost when a formal designation came by way of State Representative Andy Welch, older brother of the movement’s inspiration, Hunter Welch.  The big brother worked with the House of Representatives in 2012 on House Resolution 1302 to make an official week of the celebration every second week in November across the state of Georgia.

Kindness Week was formed locally as a way to honor and memorialize the son of Kit Welch and the late Buddy Welch.  When Hunter tragically passed away in 2004, the Welch family and their friends were committed to making sure Hunter’s passion for kindness was spread far and wide.  Hunter would have celebrated his 26th birthday on November 5.

No matter the aim or scale of the act, being kind makes the largest of impacts and impressions.  Letting people know that they matter and are special through random and planned acts of kindness is the goal for the week.  From food, coat, and can drives, to providing other forms of recognition and honor, there is no right or wrong way to show kindness to people.

Families across the district can visit their school websites or contact the front office for more information on the various activities being conducted at their school to celebrate the special week.  Many schools are having different themes each day.

You can find out more about Kindness Week and Henry County Schools at www.henry.k12.ga.us.  Kindness Works! Pass it on.

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