'Boosts the spirit around the school before winter break'
SPRINGFIELD, Ore.- Hundreds of sticky notes personalized to every student were displayed at Springfield High School on Monday, as part of a student-led initiative to let their peers know that someone cares about them.
The initiative came at a great time, as more videos of kids being bullied around the country are popping up on social media.
Just recently a viral video shows 11-year-old Keaton Jones talking about his bullying experience at a middle school in Tennessee.
The video has been viewed millions of times, and now celebrities and the internet are coming to the defense of Keaton.
The leadership team at Springfield High School is trying to put a stop to bullying, one personalized note at a time.
They filled the hallways with messages like, ‘Shine bright like a diamond’ and 'You’re a great cheerleader.'
“They will keep it and they can trade it in for candy," said Kendra Roy, a sophomore representative. "That way it boosts the spirit around the school before winter break when attendance goes down."
The 1,300 notes took the students about two weeks to complete, devoting full class periods to finish the project.
Roy says it's a great way to honor students as they look forward towards the new year.
The campaign was started by last year's student body.
The Vice Principal says they saw a 20 percent increase in attendance last year after the notes were posted around the school.
They hope the campaign becomes an annual tradition.