Tallahassee high school students use post-it notes to spread positivity
Leon High School recently wrapped up its annual Positively Post-It Week. Sticky notes in a variety of florescent colors blanketed the school.
“We just posted them everywhere. It looked like a neon highlighter covered the school," says Grace Tran, a junior and a member of the Student Government Association (SGA). She says Leon has done this at least half a dozen times over the years, with clubs and school organizations lining the walls with colorful, positive affirmations.
“Some of them are just simple messages like 'you're beautiful,' 'you're awesome,' 'keep up the good work,'” says Camille Friall, a sophomore and fellow member of the SGA, reading from a stack of post-its. "Some of them are maybe a little deeper, like 'make today even better than yesterday' or 'you're doing great,' or little things that just make people want to smile a little more and try a little harder every day.”
Positively Post-It Week is dedicated to spreading positivity at school and on social media, especially after two tumultuous years in a pandemic. “Positively Post-Its (Week) is just giving the students another opportunity to smile, to let them know that they're seen and heard and loved,” says Friall.
In addition to post-its being stuck to every available surface, many students wore matching shirts and hats. They enjoyed activities like karaoke, making friendship bracelets, and "a lot of face painting the whole week. A lot of face painting,” says Tran.
The event is over, but organizers say they’re still working to spread positive vibes and kindness around campus. “'You are the change,' 'you can do great things in this world,' 'got to keep your head up,' 'shine bright like a diamond,' 'just keep swimming,'” says Friall, laughing as she reads from her stack, making someone's day brighter -- one post-it at a time.