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Compliments are flooding Facebook for students at Champlain Valley Union High School.

"Kyle is one of the nicest guys I know and he's always hilarious," read one anonymous posting on Facebook.

"I love it," said Jane Baker, a junior at CVU. "I think it is so nice."

"Alex has everything going for him. And he just might end up being President one day..." read another anonymous posting.

"I think it is just really cool," said Brandon O'Connell, a junior.

"Sydnee is one of the best additions to CVU, from day one she's been an awesome friend and can make anyone laugh," read another posting.

"Everyone is using it," Baker said. "I know like I have been checking it, I've been refreshing my page to see the new compliments."

This "CVU Compliments" Facebook page is an online effort allowing students to anonymously share kind words about their classmates.

"We mainly made the page because we were aware of how much negativity there is on the internet and often in our school," one of the co-creators of CVU Compliments explained in a posting.

"I think every compliment is a chance to let people know that they matter," said a second co-creator of CVU Compliments.

The creators want to remain anonymous.

"I think it is a really cool way for kids to say nice things about other people, but also to get a compliment of their own," O'Connell said.

The page was launched less than a week ago, and already more than 600 students at the Hinesburg school have gotten in on the action sharing free compliments with their classmates.

"I think it's really brought the community really together and it's really boosted a lot of confidence," said Amanda Lougee, a junior.

In an age when online bullying and nasty texts are often making headlines, students here at CVU hope this positive online interaction can make a difference, even if they don't know who's behind it.

"I know it is behind two random people, but I am really glad they started it," Baker said.

"I don't. I have a couple of ideas, but I have no idea," Lougee said.

What they do know may be best summed up in this anonymous posting: "CVU Compliments is the nicest and best thing at CVU."

The students behind the effort say they read about the idea working on college campuses and wanted to give it a try.

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