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Lost marbles: New Britain students hope to inspire acts of kindness

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Students in New Britain hope these marbles can inspire kindness. (WFSB) Students in New Britain hope these marbles can inspire kindness. (WFSB)
NEW BRITAIN, CT (WFSB) -

Students in New Britain said they're hoping to spur a movement and inspire classmates and teachers to be kind in a unique way.

Kristie Beckwith, an English teacher at New Britain High School, is using colorful marbles marked with letters and words to do it around the school.

"We're kind of hoping that if we just kind of exercise this empathy muscle people will just start to use it and it will grow and we can really make a positive impact," Beckwith said.

Tuesday, she took her students out of the classroom for a life lesson. She said her students embraced it.

"Sometimes stuff happens and it brings everyone else down, and it's [our goal] to get everyone back up on their feet," said Jessena Kellier, a senior.

"To make people's day, to be kind to others means a lot to me," said TJ Waclker, a junior.

Channel 3 followed the students around on their mission to put out 500 marbles in the most unassuming places for students and staff to find.

When they are found, the finder is asked to do something nice starting with the letter on the marble.

"You don't have to go and spend a ton of money," Beckwith explained. "It doesn't have to be a grand gesture that's going to go viral. It can be something small. One of our students bought her mom a coffee on the way to work."

The idea was inspired by a program called Ben's Bells, which uses bells to spread kindness.

Students said what they've learned is something they will carry with them.

"If you see it, do it instead of ignoring it because you always want to make the world a better place," Kellier said.

"We want everyone to be kind to each other," Waclker said. :Without kindness, there's nothing. Everyone deserves kindness." 

They're hoping it catches on.

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