Five years ago, Colleen Ritzer, a 24-year-old math teacher at Danvers High School, was murdered by one of her students.
Now, on the anniversary of her death Monday, her family and friends are asking the public to keep her well-known positivity alive through performing “random acts of kindness.”
The request comes by way of the “Kindness for Colleen” campaign — an effort started in 2015 by Jen Berger, one of Ritzer’s close friends, according to a post on the Colleen E. Ritzer Memorial Scholarship website.
“These efforts include everything and anything from holding the door for someone to buying someone’s coffee, thanking all those who support you, teaching lessons of kindness in the classroom or simply just sharing a smile,” the webpage reads. “We ask that you join us in this effort and share this with all those you know to allow Colleen’s legacy to continue to spread and impact students everywhere.”
The kind gestures generated are encouraged to be shared online using the hashtag #Kindness4Colleen.