‘One Simple Thing Can Spread Kindness’

Students Offer Cool Acts of Caring to Community

by Jaye Beeler

The Thornapple River bustled through the Middleville dam as six high school students cleared brush, scraggly trees, a carpet of bristly grasses and unwanted weed trees on the riverbank. For three November Tuesdays, after school and on their own time, the students trekked to downtown Middleville testing out the science of kindness. It turns out that TK's "Making it Cool To Be Kind" operation -- that willingness to extend a helping hand -- is about creating a culture of kindness...