Over the summer, teachers, Mrs. Clute, and Mrs. McFee wanted to spread more kindness in Fort Plain’s Jr./Sr. High School. With the approval of the school, they gave the girl’s and boy’s bathrooms a mini makeover. In vibrant colors, encouraging sayings such as, “You are brave,” and “You are strong,” stand tall above the girl’s second-floor bathroom sinks; positive quotes cover the bathroom stalls. The boy’s bathrooms have similar phrases and decorations.
“I just wanted to spread more kindness in the school,” Mrs. Clute said.
The kindness club began last school year. All grade levels participate in the group.
“We do a lot of positive messaging,” Mrs. Clute said. “We give out third party compliments (anonymously), thank you’s (small messages of thanks). We put positive notes on the lockers, and give out candy with positive words.”
This year the number of students in the club about doubled. Mrs. Clute has students coming in throughout the day, in the morning, during lunches, and study halls, to help with the projects.
“Since the club has started, students have participated in a school-wide anti-bullying program last March, had a table at the Harry Hoag School Health Fair in 2018, wore kindness shirts and hats, and made posters for each month of the school year. The students were busy and passionately involved.”
Mrs. Clute hopes to expand kindness with a mini makeover to the locker rooms in the next couple of years.