The Free Press, Mankato, MN


April 26, 2013

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Random acts of kindness built goodwill

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To the students of the Fitzgerald Middle School and the school’s Builders Club for their recent efforts to promote kindness and good deeds.

The school took on a project to count the number of good deeds or random acts of kindness the students completed. They began keeping track of those acts of kindness and representing each one with a link in a paper chain.

In a couple of weeks, there were about 1,000 links. The project, organizers say, got people motivated to perform acts of kindness to build up the chain.

The acts of kindness ranged from typical to heartwarming. Some cuddled with a younger sibling when they were crying. Others showed good sportsmanship in helping a player on another basketball team. Teachers also got involved.

The exercise was a solid effort a promoting modeling behavior and focusing on the positive.

George Jones left his mark on country music

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To the musical influence of George Jones, the hard-living country western singer who influenced generations of imitators. He died Friday.

With more than 60 years of singing under his belt, he recorded 72 hits starting with his first hit, “Why Baby Why” and was best known for his heart tugging songs like “She Thinks I Still Care” and the 1980 Grammy winner “He Stopped Loving Her Today.”

He was ranked by other musicians in the same level as Frank Sinatra and Billie Holiday. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and received a National Medal of Arts and a Kennedy Center Honor. He also received a lifetime achievement Grammy in 2012.

He was an extremely popular performer who stood fast to traditional music. He told the Washington Post, “I’ve always been country and I always will be country.” He was 81 years old.

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