On Monday morning, students at College View Middle School entered the building to individual handwritten notes on each and every locker. In celebration of National Day of Kindness, 837 sticky notes were written with words of encouragement for each student.
“Sometimes just a simple kind word can make a difference to a student,” said Amy Nonweiler, youth service center coordinator. “We hope our kind words and actions encouraged students to do the same. At College View, we feel like it’s important every single day. Of course, any time there is a national holiday to celebrate kindness we want to do so even more.”
Middle school can be a tough transition for students, Nonweiler said. Teens oftentimes deal with a lot, which is why CVMS felt celebrating such a day was so important. Youth services teamed up with the guidance office to pull off the act of kindness.
“Of course we couldn’t do it all. It was all of our teachers and staff coming together to make it happen,” Nonweiler said. “The students just really need those positive comments.”
Nonweiler and fellow staff members had lots of students talking about the acts of kindness and sharing the words of positivity found on their sticky notes. Messages included “You are awesome,” “You can make a difference” and “You are loved.”