Salisbury student wins national Kindness Award

Savanna Brooks, an 11-year-old student at North Salisbury Elementary School, won the Think Kindness national speech writing contest and was awarded $2,500, which she has promised to share within the community.

She spoke with and interviewed Brian Williams, founder of, and has been making plans for how to distribute the money.

Grace Foxwell Murdock, known as Salisbury’s Kindness Lady, posted a video on Facebook with Brooks, who said she will donate while teaching the importance of kindness.

“It’s going to have something to do with four different things,” Brooks, in the video, said about her contribution plans.

“Will they all be human?”  Foxwell asked and Savannah, smiling, said, “Actually, no.”

“She is just a natural,” Murdock said.

A resident of Willards, the fifth-grader submitted her speech to Think Kindness in May and was chosen from among 90 entrants.

She started the Kind Kids Club at North Salisbury Elementary and called kindness “really, really important.”

“It’s a great trait to help you make friends and it’s actually scientifically proven to make people happy,” she said.

Think Kindness, based in Reno, Nev., hosted the video speech contest “to help children spread kindness through the world.”

With the mission of inspiring “measurable acts of kindness in schools and communities around the world,” the organization creates programs that encourage people to take action.

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