D51 High School students kick off Kindness is Contagious Week Feb. 12

D51 High School students kick off Kindness is Contagious Week Feb. 12
Posted on 02/07/2018
KIC Week mural 2017

Grand Junction, CO – District 51 high school students will celebrate Kindness Is Contagious Week next week by hosting events around the community and in schools.

KIC Week is a student-run organization that plans and hosts events and activities designed to foster kindness. These students want to reverse a global trend where one negative act can spiral into millions of similar actions. This year, the group is focusing on empowering students and appreciating differences, creating stronger connections between high schools, and brining the whole community together through the power of kindness.

This year’s KIC Week keynote speaker is Austin Eubanks, a Columbine survivor whose trauma from that experience was the catalyst for his painful journey of addiction. Now in long-term recovery, he has devoted his career to helping those who have turned to substances to cope with trauma and encouraged them to deal with their emotions in a more effective manner. Mr. Eubanks will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, in the Colorado Mesa University Ballroom. The event is free and open to the public.

Other events during KIC Week include:

  • Each D51 high school will have a schedule of events with different activities each day, such as students from one high school bringing donuts to students at a rival high school, wearing green to support mental health awareness, and making new friends and taking them to lunch.
  • Local coffee shops will participate all week in a Suspended Coffee event where customers can buy an extra coffee for someone in need, and the coffee shops will give a free coffee to spread kindness.
  • From 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, everyone is welcome to explore Bucket List Boards that will be posted in the alley behind the Rood Avenue Parking Garage. These chalkboards will display students’ hopes and dreams for what they would like to do before tomorrow, before they graduate, and before they die. The event will include live music and complimentary coffee and hot cocoa.
  • A KIC Benefit Dinner will take place at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, in the Harry Butler Board room to help keep KIC Week an annual tradition. Tickets are $30 per person, and can be purchased online through KIC’s EventBrite or Facebook pages.

KIC Week sponsors include Community Hospital, School District 51, Colorado Center for Spiritual Living, Major Mortgage, Studio Eight Salon and Spa, The Raw Canvas, and FCI Construction.

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