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Students Petition for Cities to Adopt Official Kindness Symbol

See how a simple school project is inspiring others to act


In an unprecedented display of adorable-ness, kindergarten students at Tropical Elementary School in Merritt Island, FL have been petitioning for the country (and eventually, the world!) to adopt their official symbol for kindness.

The idea took shape earlier this year as part of their writing and geography coursework. There are currently national symbols for peace and love, but o nce the students found out a visual design for kindness did not yet exist, they created one.

The symbol they came up with (pictured above) consists of a continuous arrow circling a heart to show that kindness is "all around, ongoing, never-ending, North, South, East, West, everywhere!"

From there they started a petition for individuals, local school districts and municipalities to officially recognize it. The petition quickly gained traction and the students gathered over 4,000 signatures from people who are now using the campaign to encourage their own state and national legislatures to adopt the symbol. The goal is to reach 5,000 signatures so that it will automatically be forwarded to members of Congress for national approval.

The students and teachers created a website for their project where they posted a downloadable Kindness Proclamation for local governments, families and businesses to use when recognizing the Kindness Symbol as an official symbol. The proclamation states that "there is a need in our schools, our communities, our nation and our world for more kindness," and that "having a symbol for Kindness would help make people more aware of Kindness in their everyday lives."

Several local cities in Florida, including Key West, have already returned signed proclamations and a petition on Change.org shows a current number of 4,182 signatures and counting.

Last month, New Jersey assemblyman Ron Dancer (R-Ocean) introduced a resolution to urge Congress to adopt the kindness symbol nationally.

"Kindness is contagious," said Dancer. "People who benefit from acts of kindness are more likely to act graciously towards others."

Visit the campaign's Change.org page to sign the petition.

You can also spread awareness for the campaign and keep up to date with their progress by liking and sharing the Together Kind Facebook page.

To download a copy of the Kindness Symbol Proclamation, visit the Together Kind website .

(Source: images Together Kind Facebook )

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