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Idaho State University to partner with Kind Community for homecoming and Kindweek 2016 kick-off; Theme is “Let’s Celebrate Kindness: Show Your Strength in Stripes”

June 21, 2016

POCATELLO – Idaho State University recently announced plans to co-host Kind Community’s Kick-Off Celebration for Kind Week 2016 in conjunction with their annual homecoming festivities.

Dubbed the “ultimate block party,” the 2016 Kick-Off Celebration, “Let’s Celebrate Kindness: Show Your Strength in Stripes,” will be held on ISU’s campus on Monday, September 19.

“We are thrilled to partner with Idaho State University to host our second annual free, family-friendly celebration,” said Courtney Fisher, Kind Community Co-Founder and President. “This is a wonderful opportunity to set a positive tone not just for ISU’s Homecoming, but for the entire school year.”

“The festival is an opportunity for all members of our community to come out and enjoy each others’ company with individuals they might not have the opportunity to mingle with in their everyday lives. We invite all groups and individuals to unite for the evening, chat, share smiles and kindness, and make new connections across the boundaries of gender, race, religion, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other labels that tend to separate us. Let’s celebrate our stripes!” said Fisher.

This year, Homecoming and Kind Week fall the week of September 19–25, 2016. An exciting line-up of live entertainment and activities will be offered to attract new and continuing ISU students, as well as younger students attending our community’s public, private and charter schools from K–12, and their families. The Kick-Off Celebration also features “An Exhibition in Kind,” for local service organizations, businesses and ISU clubs, programs and colleges to strut their strength in stripes and showcase how they model kindness.

“We look forward to partnering with others in the community to organize an event focused on unity and coming together. Homecoming is the perfect time to celebrate what it means to not only be a Bengal, but to also celebrate our diverse community. We invite everyone to our campus to kick off Homecoming and Kind week,” said Arthur Vailas, ISU President.

“It’s exciting to see Idaho State University and Kind Community coming together to celebrate Homecoming and Kind Week. This partnership emphasizes how united our community really is,” said Pocatello Mayor Brian Blad.

More than 4,000 community members attended Kind Community’s launch at the Portneuf Wellness Complex last September. With participation from the ISU community, organizers predict that this year’s attendance could easily double.

Preliminary details for the Kick-Off Celebration and Kind Week are available at kindcom.org. Details for ISU’s Homecoming can be located at isu.edu/homecoming.

About Kind Community

Kind Community is a unified collective of individuals, organizations and partnerships that embrace a vision for the greater, kinder good of our community. Our mission is to create, support and deliver initiatives that uplift and empower our community’s youth. Kind Week is held every third week in September to deliver community building outreach programs in our local public, private and charter schools. For more information about our programs and outreach efforts, visit kindcom.org or find us on Facebook.