Students at D.C. Everest Middle School walked in to school to find hundreds of notes with positive messages on them taped on their lockers.
"Mine said in the worst times, think positive," says Destiny Verbunker, a 6th grader at the middle school.
The idea came to D.C. Everest when one of the 7th grade science teachers, Scott Schaefer, saw a blog post about another school doing this. Once he pitched the idea to the faculty, it took off.
"We got the kids together," says Jamie Betry, the co-adviser for Student Council. "We talked about what we were about to do; we got them pumped up about it. We kind of put out the message about passing the good, positive spirit on to each other."
The student groups that spearheaded the project include Student Council, Junior Optimists and Stand Up Against Bullies.
"I hope they think that we all care for each other and that we all are even like one big family," says Maddie Krolow, a 7th grader at D.C Everest who is involved with both the Student Council and Junior Optimists. "It's really positive and I hope they enjoy it."
The students' faces broke into smiles as they saw the little notes and for some, it helped shape their day.
"Some people get bullied in school and it makes you feel better because some people are being nice to you and saying good things about you," says Paige Ziarnick, a 6th grader.
"I knew I was going to have a good day," agrees Hunter Beck who is also a 6th grader.
Faculty members hope the notes remind the kids they are cared about.
"We want every kid to know that somebody cares about them and that somebody is thinking about them," says Dr. Casey Nye, the principal at D.C. Everest Middle School. "The reality is that not every kid has that so if we can throw somebody a lifeline at a moment that they might need it, that's what we're trying to do."
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