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Making A Difference: 10th Grader Encourages Schoolmates To Spread Kindness

Posted: 6:27 PM, Apr 26, 2019
Updated: 2019-04-26 18:27:50-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18)– A student at Lexington’s Sayre School has spent this week encouraging her classmates to participate in acts of kindness.

“Our world, right now, is easily a place that is filled with hate, and so in order to combat this, I’m just trying to spread the simple message of just being kind to others how that makes you feel and how that can really make the world a better place,” said Miss Woodford County Outstanding Teen Eleanor Ickes.

Ickes, a 10th grader, told LEX 18 that she was inspired by events in her own life to instill in her peers of all ages just how much of a difference being kind to others can make.

On Tuesday, they started by showing kindness to themselves, then teachers, and then Friday, to others. Whether it was donating money to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, or by writing notes, Ickes wanted to show how many different ways kindness can be shown.

“It makes me feel happy inside,” said Rania Smith, a third grader.

As Ickes wraps up her project, it’s the ripple effect that motivates her to spread her mission to the rest of her community and beyond.

“It really does spark something in me, and it not only makes me even more passionate about this project but it really reassures me that what I’m doing is making a difference,” said Ickes.