A California high school has allowed posters featuring positive affirmations to replace mirrors in the girls’ bathroom.
Messages such as, “You are important,” “You are beautiful,” and “You are loved,” hang above the sinks and outside of each stall in the girls’ bathroom at Laguna Hills High School, a public school with approximately 1,600 students in the Saddleback Valley Unified School District.
Sabrina Astle, 17, said she wanted to “make a difference” at the school on behalf of its Kindness Club.
“This is why I started making the posters in the first place,” she told ABC News.
The school hosted a weeklong event to increase unity among students during which the sentiment for March 23 was, “What if we showed more love?”
Laguna Hills High Activities Director Chelsea Maxwell said she placed the signs in the bathroom just prior to the week of unity events and has been heartened by the positive reaction to them. The plan for now is to keep the messages posted.
“[Sabrina] made it her goal for the semester to spread positive messages around campus,” Maxwell said.
The uplifiting affirmations have had a greater impact than expected.
“The signs have helped people remember that everyone is beautiful, everyone is important, everyone is good enough, and everyone should be treated equally,” Astle said. “I did this because I am passionate about the fact that everyone is important and everyone needs to be cared for.”
Even parents appreciate the messages. During a visit to the school late last month, Shannen Lob and her daughters, who are students, used the restroom.
“When I walked in and saw all the signs posted, I was amazed and overwhelmed and delighted as I really needed it at that moment,” Lob told Babble.com. “It’s hard to know sometimes if I’m doing a good job as a leader and reading the signs was like, well, a sign that I was doing a good job.”
H/T: New York Post
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