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Acts of kindness are the stars of teen video

Several high school students found a great way to show how simple acts of kindness can brighten someone’s day. We salute them.

Super heroes by the score have made their way to the screens of movie theaters, televisions, computers and even cellphones.

However, several “super heroes” from Dixon High School have won a lot of attention in recent days.

Zade Abdullah and Kyle Nutt, with help from Jimmy Taylor, filmed and posted a video online that encourages people to perform random acts of kindness.

Zade and Kyle, friends who are both 16, donned super-hero costumes and, with video cameras at the ready, went around the community handing out flowers, paying for others’ purchases, and handing out unexpected gifts.

They posted the video on YouTube early last week and then waited for a reaction.

They didn’t have to wait long.

After 24 hours, the video had attracted about 6,000 views.

A week later, as of mid-afternoon Wednesday, it had more than 41,000 views.

That’s equivalent to the combined populations of Dixon, Rock Falls and Sterling!

What drew YouTube viewers to the 4-minute-plus video?

Maybe it was those colorful tights.

Maybe it was the surprised looks, laughs, and gratitude on the faces of those they helped.

Just as likely was their simple but powerful message: Everyone can be a super hero; use your powers to do good deeds.

Each generation needs to discover certain eternal truths for itself.

These days, we talk about random acts of kindness. We talk about paying it forward.

Those concepts are variations on the Golden Rule that was well known to previous generations. The Scouting movement also urged its members to “do a good turn daily.”

But Zade and Kyle certainly stepped it up a notch. Armed with super-hero costumes, money, gifts, and courage, they headed out into the community to do good and have fun, too.

Fast-food customers, a movie rental customer, a waitress, a postal carrier, nursing home residents, and even police officers found themselves on the receiving end of their good-will gestures.

A simple act of kindness can brighten someone’s day. In an entertaining and inspiring way, “How to be a Super Hero” proved it.

No wonder its message has reached thousands.

In this Christmas season, we hope it reaches thousands more.

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