The Kindness Effect: FGCU class working to make kindness go viral

Reporter: Andryanna Sheppard
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Kindness effects class (FGCU)

One FGCU class wants kindness to go viral.

“It just makes your day and it’s just so lighthearted and seeing people do nice things, it makes you want to do more,” FGCU senior, Skylar Allen.

The coronavirus altered how the students prepared their final projects. Instead of paper, each student recorded themselves doing something nice for someone else in their community.

Then, they put all the clips together to make one bigger kindness video.

“Being able to come together and all decide that kindness is one thing that everyone needs in their life in some way, all of them deciding to do different acts of kindness was special,” said FGCU junior, Anna Schenkenback.

They want to show the world that kindness is contagious too, hoping to inspire others to do something nice for someone else.

“There are so many different ways: baked cookies, lend someone a book, call your mom. There are just so many ways to help out there and I really think we can make kindness go viral,” said FGCU adjunct professor, Francesca Donian, and help spread some positivity during this time of uncertainty.

This is the first semester FGCU has offered this class. Donian says the students have been doing hundreds of acts of kindness for the class long before the coronavirus pandemic began.

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