ANACORTES — Friends say Madison Myers was kind and giving, quick to smile and easy to befriend. 

On Oct. 4, 2016 — to the surprise of many who knew her  — the 15-year-old took her life.

A year later, Madison's friends and family remembered her with a "Day of Kindness" that they felt would have made the teenager proud.

"What better way to honor her than to encourage others to share kindness in their day?" family friend Celese Stevens said. "We hope it starts a ripple effect of kind acts toward each other."

As students headed into Anacortes High School on Wednesday morning, Madison's friends and family stood outside and handed out doughnuts, memorial bracelets and flyers, all in an effort to bring smiles and inspire other acts of kindness.

"She would love it," Stevens said.

On Tuesday, Madison's family delivered gray and white shirts to the Anacortes Class of 2019 — the class Madison belonged to.

Each shirt read "Kindness Carries On" and featured an infinity symbol.

"Instead of having it be a sad day, (the family) wanted to turn it into a day of positivity," Anacortes High School Principal Jon Ronngren said.

Bracelet in hand, Ronngren said he thought the morning's event was a good way to honor Madison's memory and support students.

"And encourage students to do the right thing," he said. "Be positive, be supportive, be kind, considerate. (Be) aware that everybody has their challenges, even those who don't appear to be having challenges."

— Reporter Kera Wanielista: 360-416-2141, kwanielista@skagitpublishing.com, Twitter: @Kera_SVH, facebook.com/KeraReports

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