By CBS 2 Chicago Staff

CHICAGO (CBS)– Friendship February is all about using acts of kindness to combat isolation and loneliness during the pandemic.

It’s run by a group of middle schoolers with The Nora Project. The non-profit works to normalize the differences of disabilities.

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“There’s still broadly a misconception that disability is a tragedy, and it’s a medical issue that needs to be treated and dealt with, as opposed to a form of diversity that should be celebrated an understood,” Lauren Schrero, The Nora Project co-founder and executive director, said.

The Nora Project develops school curriculum connecting students with disabilities with their classmates, while teaching empathy.

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Throughout the month of February, anyone can join in by committing to doing specific, socially distant, acts of kindness. You can also pledge money for each act of kindness completed by someone else.

Some of the money raised goes to The Nora Project’s 50 partner schools.

“We’re going to provide them each with a grant to make inclusion improvements in their school,” Schrero said. “So, whether that’s adding ramps or playground equipment or new books in the library that feature disabled character or are written by authors with disabilities.”

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You can sign up to be do acts of kindness or donate here on The Nora Project website. 

CBS 2 Chicago Staff