Algoma special education aide Amy Schoenberger wants to kick off a Kindness Matters movement.

“This year when a new group of seventh-graders came to Algoma Middle School, I was truly inspired,” Schoenberger says to introduce a YouTube video about the movement. “Wow. These students are so kind and compassionate, I thought to myself, ‘How can we spread this kindness around to the rest of our school and community?’”

She produced the video with the help of her husband, Ryan, and “kind teacher” Melissa Scheck, and enlisted the help of the Live Algoma coalition.

The video begins with a quote from Ellen Degeneres: “We need more kindness, more compassion, more joy, more laughter. I want to contribute to that.”