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Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Ben's Bells, which symbolize kindness and its power in healing, are given to people who spread kindness within the community on a daily basis in honor of Ben Packard, who passed away when he was 2 years old in 2002. "The kids are going crazy to be kind to each other," said Ben's Bells founder Janette Packard of students trying to get kindness coins. "I am so fortunate my child has become something to so many."
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Ironwood Elementary students Connor Garrett and Lauren Fisher eagerly decorate kindness coins that are given to students who show kindness. The glazed clay token is then passed on from one student to another.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Six-year-old Jamie Yu cleans excess paint off a brush used for decorating Ben's Bells' kindness coins. Janette Packard, founder of the Ben's Bells Project, stopped by Ironwood Elementary School to recognize all the work the students have put into creating and decorating the clay tokens.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Carefully concentrating, Sydney Cole adds some details to a Ben's Bells kindness coin at Ironwood Elementary School last week. Together with eight other schools within the Marana School District and many others citywide, students are helping to decorate 20,000 kindness coins.