Two Harbors Students Challenge Others to Find the Kind

Baihly Warfield
Updated: January 23, 2019 10:27 PM

TWO HARBORS, Minn. - If someone bought your coffee recently, they might have been inspired by Two Harbors high school students. 

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The DECA club wanted to keep momentum going after a Civility Summit they held last year. And this year, they turned their attention to kindness. 

"We're not going for the big, wonderful acts. We're going for the small, beautiful ones," Junior Riley Larson said. 

So they decided to tap into the trend of social media challenges and ask people to do the #FindtheKindChallenge. 

"Putting on this project has made you more aware of what's going on around you," Senior Lilka Mojkowski said. "We've noticed people in our classes being more kind, picking up things."

Basically, people are asked to do a random act of kindness. They take a video talking about what they did, then challenge three others to spread some kindness. The students are also asking people to make donations to the National Civility Association in conjunction with the challenge. 

As the students have planned for this, they have been learning about the impact of kindness of mental health. 

"When you do an act of kindness, it releases dopamine into your brain," Larson explained. "So there's so many positive outcomes from that."

"I hope that we can improve people's mental health through these random acts of kindness. That's our goal. That's our mission statement," Mojkowski said. 

So far, people have bought coffee, cooked meals, shoveled driveways, made quilts and more. Plus, the challenge has crossed borders. The students said they've gotten videos from 29 countries and counting. 

"I thought it would be more of a local community organization, and it's taken off," Larson said. 

St. Paul has taken notice too. The students are leaving at 6 a.m. Friday morning to meet with Gov. Tim Walz at the Capital. 

"When Gov. Walz was in the area, me and Ashley Swanson, we all went down to Silver Bay, and we pretty much pitched our idea to him," Freshman Brjen Jones said, "and he was all for it."

Friday morning, Walz will take the challenge, then ask all Minnesotans to join him. The Minnesota Twins also invited the DECA club to be a part of Twins Fest, so they will have a booth set up and three days to convince as many people to join them as possible. 

"I just hope that we can get as many people as we can to build awareness about this project and get people to do the challenge," Larson said. 

If you want to participate, you can find more information on the Find the Kind website. 


Baihly Warfield

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