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Kind Week underway

September 18, 2018

POCATELLO — Kind Week 2018 officially kicked off with a community celebration on Monday.

Kind Community has been hosting the annual event for four years.

Courtney Fisher, who founded Kind Community along with Rainbow Maldonado, said the week is meant to show youth that they have an entire community, including business and civic organizations, supporting them and investing in their success, and that the people here love where they live and those who live in the area with them. In addition, she says it showcases the many local resources that are available to help youth deal with the challenges they face.

Many sponsors help make the festivities possible: Bingham Memorial Hospital, Mountain View Hospital, Idaho Central Credit Union, Merlins TV, ON Semiconductor, and the Pocatello/Chubbuck Chamber of Commerce and Leadership Program, among others.

Monday’s kickoff included a ribbon-cutting, proclamation reading, youth performances and a dance, among other activities.

Fisher said the festivities will continue throughout the week with school assemblies featuring Russell Davies from PTSD Veteran Athletes. They will also have Friendship Bench presentations.

Fisher said the benches, which are made of imperfect pieces, are a symbol of reaching out to others and a reminder that everyone is different.

“It’s a powerful reminder to be yourself and be comfortable in your own skin,” she said.

As part of the Kind Week activities, Fisher said they are also planning to host a Kind Community Conversation that will focus on the pressures and challenges that youth face. That event will take place at the Pocatello City Council chambers from 6-8 p.m. this evening.

“We invite parents and community members to join us and learn about our local resources and talk with professional panelists from a variety of backgrounds,” according to a news release. “This open format conversation is designed to help create safeguards for our children and come together in creating healthy and kind communities.”

The Kind Week activities will also include a blood drive from 1-7 p.m. on Wednesday at the Pond Student Union at Idaho State University.

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