BRADFORD – Bradford School District PTO has done something special for the students. They have placed signs containing uplifting messages throughout the school to build the youngsters’ self-confidence while trying to eliminate bullying.
These messages have been placed on hallways walls and even in bathrooms.
According to librarian and PTO treasurer/coordinator Tabatha Canan, the messages are made of vinyl lettering.
She said the PTO made the decision on this project because of all the negativity in the world today.
“A lot of kids have struggles with society and a lot of them seem depressed a lot,” Canan said. “We have gotten lots of positive compliments on them from staff and administrators.”
Other officers of the PTO are President Michelle Gluck, Vice President Tracy Barhorst and Secretary Machelle Manuel.
Fifth-graders had some comments to make about the signage that appeared over the holiday break, thanks to PTO members.
“It’s pretty cool,” said Neveah Jones.
“There should be more around the school,” remarked Annie Young.
“I like them,” stated Joshua Stollings.
Ryan Hocker said the same thing, adding, “They help you to think positive and not be rude.”
Destiny Cook had this to say about the messages, “They’re awesome. They help students treat each other better.”
Some of those signs read: “Encourage each other and build each other up,” “In a world where you can be anything…be kind,” “You’re beautiful,” “Today is a good day to have a good day,” “You are smart…you are kind…you are important,” “Leadership is doing what is right when no one is watching,” “Be the reason someone smiles today,” “Believe in yourself,” “I can & I will,” “Stay positive,” “Attitude determines how well you do it,” “Be good to people for no reason,” “You are amazing and remember that,” “Be your own kind of beautiful,” “Ability is what you’re capable of doing” “Never give up” and “Motivation determines what you do.”
Another sign played on the word “s-u-c-c-e-s-s.” It went as follows:
“See your goal
Understand the obstacles
Create a positive mental picture
Clear your mind of self-doubt
Embrace the challenge
Stay on track
Show the world you can do it!”
“We still have some messages to put up and there are more to be ordered,” Canan said.
PHOTO CAPTION: Fifth grader Destiny Cook shows one of the inspiring messages that greet students each day in one of the halls of Bradford School. They are in all three sections of the school. (Linda Moody photo)