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Kindness Week to honor former Henry County student
Kindness Week to honor former Henry County student

HENRY COUNTY, Ga. -- November 11, 2011 holds meaning for many people, including those of us here at 11Alive, and the Henry County school district is no exception.

This significant date, 11-11-11, is their Kindness Day, capping off a week of friendship and service at schools throughout the county.

Kindness Day was created to honor the memory of Hunter Welch, a former Henry County student who passed away in 2004. Hunter's parents, Buddy and Kit Welch, wanted to honor the people who meant something to their son during his short life.

"We started this week as a gesture to give back to the community that cared and supported our special needs son," Kit Welch said. "They gave to Hunter and we wanted to give back to them."

Kindness Week begins on Nov. 5 -- Hunter's birthday -- and its impact has been felt by students throughout the district. Activities include essay contests, canned food drives, writing kind letters to others and much, much more.

"We tell our kids that kindness starts with them," said Tracey Glenn, a counselor at Ola Elementary School in McDonough. "Kindness isn't just this week. It's something they can do every day."

State Rep. Andy Welch III (R-McDonough) helps to get the word out about Kindness Week. The cause is near and dear to his heart -- Hunter Welch was his younger brother.

"This week is a symbolic remembrance of my brother, and it has become an embodiment of the selfless giving and passionate spirit that Hunter displayed," Rep. Welch said. "This represents what the community displayed to my family and Hunter and other special needs children."

More information about Kindness Week can be found on the Henry County Schools website.