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Student group called the “Kindness Krew” aiming to change the social landscape

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For crew members at the Moundsville Fire Department, it was just a regular Friday as they responded to morning calls for service.

The Kindness Krew, patiently waiting with goodie bags, thanking the first responders for their work. This group of Moundsville Middle School students is spreading kindness throughout the community. There are actually 33, but they all couldn’t be here today to pass out goodie bags at the Moundsville Fire Department.

“The fire deputy and the police officers, they’re saving lives every single day and that’s their random acts of kindness,” said Ava Blake, 12, Krew member. 

Kindness these kids are looking to multiply. Today marked just one good deed off the Krew’s calendar of kindness.

During each week of December, these middle school students do meaningful community activities.

They’ve cleaned up trash, delivered hot chocolate to school staff and are even bringing it to social media, spreading kind words on apps like Snapchat.

“We just enjoy helping people. We don’t expect anything back. We just want to make people smile,” said Patricia Ward, 12, Crew Member. 

The idea came through a letter Denise Radaker, a Spanish teacher at Moundsville Middle-School received from one of her former students.

He pioneered the initiative with other schools.

Now, Radaker, is happy encouraging other area schools to get involved.

“I’m really pleased we were able to bring it to Moundsville Middle School and I challenge the other schools in Moundsville and Marshall County schools to jump on board,” said Radaker. 

Their work continues through the rest of the month. Next week is law enforcement week, and the Kindness Krew will be delivering gifts to local police departments.

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