BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — East High students dedicated an entire week to spreading some love in Kern County.
"Trying to focus on kindness and spread that around is just so fundamental," said ASB secretary Luz Lara. “These times are uncertain so, you know, bringing that brightness into our lives is really important for all of us.”
Activities Director Bree Alvarez said watching her students make the week happen despite COVID-19 was inspiring.
"I'm super proud of them that even though [we're] not on campus right now, we can’t see each other, we can’t hold these amazing activities that we’re used to, they still wanted to do this," she said.
Every day of the week had a new theme like “Tell Me About It Tuesday” and “Find Yourself Friday.” ASB president Nathaniel Nunez said he hopes other schools will be inspired to do the same.
"Not a lot of schools have been doing things related to kindness, and kindness is just super important and something the community needs to be involved [in]," he said.
And the community did get involved. On Thankful Thursday, Luz’s family restaurant Birrias Bros donated one dollar to the Bags of Love Foundation for every good deed posted on Instagram.
"It's amazing really to have their support [and] have them participate as well because, luckily, we're blessed enough to have those resources," said Luz.
Nathaniel hopes Kern County knows that just because the week is over, doesn’t mean the kindness has to end.
"Kindness is not going to end at the end of the week, so it’s just something we want to bring to awareness in the community so people continue to be kind even after this week," he said.
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