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Program at middle school spreads kindness

JENISON, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A West Michigan middle school is coordinating a unique program to spread kindness in its halls.

The new initiative at Jenison Junior High is simply called "Be Nice."

Teachers there tell us it involves more than just telling kids to be nice and not bully one another.

The school says it's more of a "pay it forward" campaign where they encourage students to be proactive.

They have more than 70 be nice student leaders who will organize activities, in addition to promoting random acts of kindness throughout the school community.

According to the Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan, one in five teens has some type of mental health problem.

They believe this initiative will help combat both depression and suicide.

The Be Nice advisor at Jenison Junior High tells us this program will teach kids the importance of seeing the humanity in everyone and treating them accordingly.