Austin School Launches Kindness Campaign

AUSTIN -- It's a problem all too common in schools across the nation: bullying.

But, one Austin school is launching a campaign to put an end to it in your kids' classrooms.

The entire school, kindergarten through 8th grade came together to celebrate a successful launch of their first-ever Kindness Campaign.

The kindness campaign was founded by a local Austinite, and is built on the belief that kindness and positivity can be taught and encouraged in the classroom.

Through celebrations like this one, and writing in journals, kids are learning self-confidence and how to appreciate one another. Which in turn helps prevent bullying.

Students said part of the program is about learning how to give and receive compliments, and so far they said it's working.

"I've given a compliment that said I love how you're always trying to make people laugh and I get compliments like I'm always hard working and I'm always smiling,” said Kyra Lorenz.

"Somebody this morning said that my hair looked good,” added Davin Mortellaro.

According to the National Bullying Prevention Center, one out of every four students reports being bullied during the school year.

More than 65 percent of children who are bullied don't report it.

Studies show that school-based prevention programs like this one can decrease bullying by up to 25 percent. 

For more information, you can visit http://www.seeitsayitwriteit.org/.

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