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SVSU students participate in Project Civility

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(02/13/14) - It's Random Acts of Kindness week - a national effort to encourage people to go out of their way to help others.

Students at Saginaw Valley State University are pushing the message.

"We're trying to spread around random acts of kindness," said Jill Castle, SVSU student.

"If people take Project Civility and actually use it, the world would be a lot better," said SVSU student Nicole Sanford.

The goal is to motivate students at SVSU to stand out, be different - and ultimately show others they care.

"Trying to get people to be nice to one another," said student Kyle Fournier.

"Treating everybody equally with respect," said SVSU student Alexandra Berg. "You don't know what's going in their life. If they are having a bad day."

It's movement was sparked by this group of students - who all met in English class and read a book.

"The book we chose this semester is "Choosing Civility by PM Fornie," said Patricia Killbourn-Haller, English instructor.

That book inspired them to make a positive difference on their campus in their communities - and hopefully in the world.

"We all need these lessons in civility, it's ageless, it's timeless," Killbourn-Haller said.

"If it could spread all throughout Saginaw and the Bay area that would be excellent," Castle said.

To spread the message, they're passing out small pamphlets.

"Little half sheet flyers. They have some of the rules of civility that are presented in the book," Killbourn-Haller said.

Little reminders to push others to do more good.

"If you want the environment or anything to change, you have to start with treating each other better," Berg said.

"Try to spread the love. I want people to help other people without second thought," Fournier said.

The students are using social media to record and share random acts of kindness they see on campus.

For links to the group's pages, click HERE and HERE.

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