It's a bad day. We all have them. But don't give up just yet. Use any bathroom in Metcalf Hall, and you'll get an instant boost of encouragement thanks to the group of students in the Kindness Club. The team created a unique series of positive sticky notes placed on bathroom mirrors to help inspire and support their peers. On any trip to the restroom, students will see colorful, cheerful post-its that boost confidence, self-esteem, and fearlessness with uplifting messages that include "Shake it Off," "Be Brave," and "Choose to be Optimistic."
"I think kids need the positive messages, especially at school," says Emme Bates '25, who led the idea among other students after learning about it from a similar project in the Upper School. "We want the sticky notes to help kids set a good mindset for the day," says Maggie Holland '25. The club will be spreading more kindness in the coming weeks by creating and hanging individualized snowflakes on each students' lockers.
Kindness Clubs are a popular extracurricular among middle schools across the country and have grown recently for helping students improve self-esteem. "By finding small ways to help other students feel good, the students in the Kindness Club have a powerful ability to change the environment at school and contribute a positive impact to our classroom culture," says Jennifer Caletri, director of the middle school.