Following another school's lead, the university has deemed November its official Month of Kindness.
More than 60 student groups are involved in planning activities they hope will help make kindness a habit.
The kickoff event was a Dinkytown neighborhood cleanup Sunday. The closing event will be a winter clothing drive. Other events include a blood drive, food drive and mitten drive.
Amy Olson, director of the University's Hillel Jewish student center, said she came with the idea for a University kindness month after hearing of a similar project organized at the University of Connecticut in 2001.
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