This year, a new club is starting at Holliston High School. This club, founded by senior Abbi O’Leary, is the Choose to Be Nice Club.
Starting on September 28th, the Choose to Be Nice Club will hold meetings every other Wednesday in Room 327, Mrs. Carig-O’Neill’s room. Mrs. Carig-O’Neill (Mrs. C.O. as many know her) will be the advisor for the new club. Students looking to join will have no need to stress if they miss the first meeting; new members to the club are always welcome.
The club is one of many high school clubs across the country that have joined the Choose to Be Nice movement. Choose to Be Nice is a company based in Needham, MA. The organization’s mission statement, posted on the official website, states that, “Choose to Be Nice is a social movement. We’re dedicated to inspiring kindness whenever and wherever possible. We’re improving the way people act with one another by reminding them that they have a choice about how to ‘be’ in the world. And it all starts with a promise.”
Everyone who joins the club will have a chance to sign the promise, which can be found on the website. Those who choose to sign it will pledge their name to the statement; “I promise to help spread kindness wherever and whenever possible. And to the very best of my ability, I’ll be nice to those with whom I come into contact on a daily basis.” One of the main goals of the company is to achieve one million signatures to the promise.
As mentioned, the club will be held every other Wednesday to discuss plans for the month, eat snacks, and hang out. With no pressure to make it to every meeting, the club is very laid back.
“This club will be super easy going,” O’Leary said. “It should be your happy place.”
Once a month, the club will hold an event that will involve spreading kindness through the school, the community, or the world. Examples include serving food at soup kitchens, baking cookies for town organizations, and free “pay-it-forward” car washes.
The club is different from other community service focused clubs because it is less about community service and more about promoting a kinder and more accepting environment.
As O’Leary says, “it’s not about doing the work so you can say that you did it. The goal is to just have fun while spreading happiness in any way we can.”