Salt Lake City, Utah- (News4Utah) – Two students are being recognized in the Tooele County School District for making a difference through kindness.
Something is in the air at Clarke N. Johnsen Junior High School.
“Kindness can change the world,” said Student Body Officer Lizzie Rawlings.
Following the Florida shooting they came up with a plan.
“We challenged all of the students to do 17 acts of kindness throughout the month of April. And some really amazing things happened. The atmosphere at our school completely changed,” said Rawlings.
Rawlings and Nikole Titara, a senior at Grantsville High School are being honored for doing good at school.
“Be kind, always. Be kind to everybody. The kid sitting in the corner, they may be shy, but you could find a new friend,” said Titara.
She is known for reaching out and making new friends, and being there for those who need someone to talk to.
A classmate took note and reported her random acts of kindness through the SafeUt App.
Marianne Oborn receives all the tips that come in from the district.
“I didn’t even know there was a kindness element that could do that. It was, it was like wow! It was, I don’t even know how to describe it. It was like energy,” said Oborn, Counseling and Social Services Director.
The option to report kindness was added to the app after the Florida shooting.
State Senator Daniel Thatcher says it was inspired by a conversation with Ryan Petty, the father of one of the victims.
“He said, my heart goes out to the perpetrator of the vicious crime. And, I can’t help but wonder, if someone would have put their arm around this young man, if someone would have shown him an act of kindness, how would have his life been different,” said Thatcher, (R) West Valley City.
Already 85 acts of kindness have been reported through the app all across the state.
Senator Thatcher hopes as word gets out, many more will come in.
Thatcher will be in Washington D.C. next week as a guest of Florida Senator Marco Rubio.
He’ll be discussing the SafeUt App with a task force looking at ways to address school safety and mental health.