Students showcased in first of series of projects for 10,000 Acts of Kindness

As part of York County's 10,000 Acts of Kindness project, several students will be recognized for their winning poster ideas in the yearlong campaign.

An awards ceremony will be held to celebrate winners of the Kids' Kindness Poster Competition, 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, at Creative York, 10 N. Beaver St., in York City.

More than 1,000 students from York County and beyond submitted entries, according to a news release.

Nathan Newlin, of York City, fills paper bags with donated items following a press conference held to introduce 10,000 Acts of Kindness, a year-long collaborative effort to spread kindness and goodwill, outside of the York County Administrative Center in York City, Friday, June 29, 2018. Dawn J. Sagert photo

They were to draw or paint a picture of what kindness looks to them, and their artwork will be used as a poster to promote the culmination of the yearlong effort — a multi-cultural festival, dinner and celebration on June 30, 2019, in Penn Park.

A 1.8-mile table in the York City park will be an attempt to break a Guinness World Record.

It will hold 10,000 spots representing each person who completed an act of kindness since the project, Celebrating York's Unity through 10,000 Acts of Kindness, was launched June 29.

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Kindness ambassadors from local churches, schools, businesses and organizations were tasked with finding those with exemplary actions who deserve a seat — more than just simple acts of courtesy, such as holding open the door for someone.

It's a way to remember the 1969 York race riots in a positive way on its anniversary next year, recognize the progress that's been made and look forward to more change, organizers said.

The poster competition marks the first in a series of projects to showcase student talents as the community counts down to the big celebration.

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Winners will be presented with their framed artwork at the ceremony, which is open to the public, and the top winners will be selected for posters. 

First, second and third places and honorable mentions will receive awards, and all submissions will be on display Saturday, Dec. 1, at Marketview Arts York, 37 W. Philadelphia St.

West York Area School District students swept all three spots in the high school category, and four students from York Suburban's Indian Rock Elementary School were selected as a winner or honorable mention.

Most winners were from districts in York County, including Northeastern, Central York, York Suburban, York City, Spring Grove Area, Dallastown Area and Eastern York — as well as one from private school Keystone Christian Academy.

For more information on the awards or the kindness project, visit or the project's Facebook page, or email 

The winners of the Kids' Kindness Poster Competition are:

High school: first, Libby Kopp, 12th grade, West York Area High School; second, Bella Welch, 10th grade, West York Area High School; third, Maya Sarver, 12th grade, West York Area High School

Middle school: first, Owen Hostler, eighth grade, Keystone Christian Academy; second, Sedona Jetseck, sixth grade, Shallow Brook Intermediate; third, Katlynn Norris, sixth grade, Sinking Springs Elementary

Elementary school: first, Shal Shal Zhou, fourth grade, Indian Rock Elementary School; second, Kloee Stevens, second grade, Canadochly Elementary School;  third, Aileen Moreno, fifth grade, E. F. Smith STEAM Academy    

Honorable mentions: William DuBuske, fifth grade, Indian Rock Elementary School; Harley Young, fifth grade, Conewago Valley Intermediate School; Yovan Nedina, third grade, Indian Rock Elementary School    

Pre-K and kindergarten: first, Delaney Hopkins, kindergarten, Spring Grove Elementary School; second, Lovelyn Hamilton, kindergarten, Christ Lutheran Child Development Center; third, Chase Heikes, kindergarten, Ore Valley Elementary School 

Special commendation: Ryan Shields