The national non-profit organization, Rachel’s Challenge, spent time in the Galion City School District sharing its message with High School and Middle School students the morning of Sept. 10. The message was so inspirational that one teacher and her students decided to do something fun and unique at the High School.
Health Foundations teacher Cheri Laughbaum and her students decided to try and bring a smile to the many faces of GHS through many different random acts of kindness.
“Students wrote and placed positive, inspirational notes on every single locker in the building,” Laughbaum said. “Our goal was to boost the esteem of all the students at the High School.”
Messages on the notes varied from things such as “stay strong”, “great hair”, “smile you are great” and “have a funtastic day”, just to name a few. The reactions from the students to the notes were very positive.
“I saw one student look at the note he received, smile broadly and hang it on the inside of his locker door,” Laughbaum said. “Other students placed their notes in their notebooks, lockers and purses.”
The Relationships class that Laughbaum teaches is an offshoot of the Health Foundations curriculum. This was a new activity for her class, but fit one of the lessons, positive and negative relationships and roles, very well.
“I am very proud of my students for embracing this idea and taking the initiative to execute the idea to bring a smile to their fellow schoolmates,” Laughbaum said. “My hope is that other students throughout the building will start performing their own random acts of kindness.”