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Kindness will be contagious at Pioneer Valley High School this week.

The Panther Student Council is hosting “Kindness Week” (Nov. 13th – 17th). It’s designed to bring awareness to the problems of bullying, and depression among teenagers, and how kindness can help to solve those issues.

“I hope this event will bring unity to our school and help students in need,’’ said PVHS Associated Student Body Secretary Mayra Bautista.

Monday through Thursday, there will be photo booths set up around campus. Students can go pick up some photo frames with positive messages - and take pictures with their friends. They will then post these pictures on Instagram, and every day one will be randomly chosen. Those chosen will be reposted and the students in the picture will receive a prize. Staff members are also encouraged to participate.

On Friday, there will be a 12:25 p.m. rally in the amphitheater, where the focus will be on the effects of depression among teenagers. During the rally, student council members will read letters, written anonymously by students on campus, outlining the way depression has affected them.

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