ZANESVILLE, Ohio – Kindness is a virtue; and one local program is seeking to spread that message next week. ‘Dude, Be Kind’ Week will begin next week through the Muskingum Valley Educational Service Center.
Kim Tatman, Communications Coordinator for MVESC, says the program has taken root in several communities and will even be present in a school in Thailand.
“At Muskingum Valley ESC, we serve six counties. So, of course Muskingum County got on board with us early because we live here; but Perry County, Coshocton County, Hocking County, Morgan County, and then Tuscarawas County all of the commissioners in those counties have proclaimed next week as an official ‘Dude, Be Kind’ week. And then this year, we’re thrilled to announce that Governor Mike DeWine has proclaimed it as an official ‘Dude, Be Kind’ week in the state of Ohio.”
‘Dude, Be Kind’ Week is a free program that schools, businesses, and area citizens are invited to participate in by simply being kind to those around them.
“Whatever seems to fit best with your personality and what you’re comfortable doing—and it doesn’t have to cost anything. It can be as simple as holding a door for someone, helping—maybe a mom who has several kids—helping her just make sure they stay in the same spaces. It’s just really simple—all the really simple types of things that you can do in the community.”
Any acts of kindness carried out next week are to be posted to social media with the hashtag #DBK2019. ‘Dude, Be Kind’ originally began in the MVESC service region.