Campaign encourages ‘paying it forward’

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In an effort to raise good cheer and promote the concept of “pay it forward,” the school district recently kicked off a campaign called “Anchor Wareham in Positivity.’’ Organizers printed up 1,000 cards that feature Wareham High’s Viking mascot and text that says: “Ahoy, Viking! You are now sailing with good cheer, courtesy of a thoughtful neighbor. Now, it’s your turn to brighten someone’s day. Pay for coffee. Share encouraging words. Make small talk. Donate to a cause. Whatever you’d like! Give this card to the next Viking and go online to share your story.” The campaign has its own page on the district’s website,, which features comments from people who have done a good deed or been the recipient of one. Superintendent Kimberly Shaver-Hood said the goal is to encourage “random acts of kindness” and spread the word about the good things happening in Wareham and its schools. “It’s just starting,” said Shaver-Hood. “We hope it will become contagious.”

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