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Students join in random acts of kindness

Don’t be surprised if a teenage athlete does something nice for you on Sunday.

Female student athletes from 80 high schools in the Chicago area and beyond are joining in a regional day of random acts of kindness.

Eleven schools in Will and Grundy counties are participating.

They may buy you a cup of coffee, bring you flowers, or just drop off a nice note on your car windshield.

The effort is described as a kickoff for National Random Acts of Kindness Week. National Random Acts of Kindness Day is Friday.

“I love the idea of it,” said Sylvia Kordaczka from Lockport Township High School. “I like to make people happy. Something like this can put a smile on someone’s face and make their day. You never know what they may be going through.”

Nearly 2,500 female student athletes will participate, said Joe Trost, spokesman for the activity organized by Buddy’s Helpers, a nonprofit organization that brings together high school student athletes, coaches and teachers in an annual campaign called “Making a Difference On and Off the Field.”

In September, 1,500 male student athletes gathered in downtown Chicago for random acts of kindness.

“The idea here was having them have an impact in their own community,” Trost said of the activities on Sunday.

Hailey Arlis of Minooka Community High School said her group will put together blessing boxes of nonperishable foods, socks, gloves and other necessities.

“They get put out, and people can take what they need,” Arlis said. “We’re going to put them in places around town where we think they’ll be beneficial.”

Plainfield North High School students will be visiting police, firefighters and residents of a nursing home with flowers and treats, student athlete and soccer player Megan Breier said.

“I’ve volunteered before, but I’ve never done anything like this before with my team,” Breier said.

Lincoln-Way West High School students will perform acts of kindness around New Lenox, said Erin Toomey.

“It will be great for us to make somebody else’s day,” student Toomey said. “A little bit goes a long way. If you do something nice for somebody, they may go out and do something nice for someone else.”

Other local schools participating are: Bolingbrook High School, Crete-Monee High School, Lincoln-Way East High School, Plainfield Central High School, Plainfield East High School, Plainfield South High School and Romeoville High School.

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