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Five first grade classes from Park Avenue School in Danbury recently participated in a Random Acts of Kindness program created by Connecticut-based L.E.A.D. USA.  For two weeks, the 110 first-graders journaled about the nice things they did and how it made them and others feel.  

They weren't told there would be a reward for their participation, but it turned out there would be. 

More than 60 employees of Ridgefield-based Boehringer Ingelheim gathered for a day of team building, led by the organization and built bicycles for 16 kids.  The day was to promote service to the community while working in small teams, without written instructions.  16 students were chosen by their teachers to show up at the workshop and were asked what it means to be a good team member.  They told the pharmaceutical employees that being kind and helping each other out was best. 

When asked about what to do with the newly assembled bikes, the kids suggested giving them to kids in need.  Instead, the students received the bikes.  Members of the Danbury Police Department were on hand to properly fit the helmets and review bike safety tips with the students.

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