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Cool School: Carquinez Middle School

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Carquinez Middle School students hold motivational signs for passing motorists. (CBS)

Carquinez Middle School students hold motivational signs for passing motorists. (CBS)

CROCKETT (CBS SF) – Carquinez Middle School students are getting a valuable lesson in the art of giving through their Public Service Club. Their mission is to make people happy.

“It’s a good idea not just academically for them to grow but also become good citizens and developing their character,” said Dave Hobson, physical ed teacher at Carquinez. He started the club which initially was an anti-bullying club.

The students greet commuters twice a week before school with signs of encouragement. Some say “Honk if you’re happy” or “Have a great day.” They’re small gestures that go a long way.

“We’re just supporting the community and just doing what we can,” said Jessica Jackson, a Jessica Jackson, a sixth grader.

In addition to the signs, the club makes blankets and scarves to drop off at Children’s Hospital and senior centers. Earlier this year, the students delivered a blanket to a librarian at a nearby school who lost her home in a fire.

“Try to make everyone’s day better because it will make you happy too,” said Kenji Huey, a sixth grader.

This group is proving every day that spreading a little happiness is as easy as telling someone to have a nice day.

(Copyright 2013 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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