“That Kind of Creativity is Beautiful, and That’s What We Want to Teach”

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On 7 June 2013, some female graduating high school students at William Aberhart High School in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, got up early for a positive senior prank: They left sticky notes with positive messages on the lockers of their classmates. Hannah Rumpel, one of the students who participated in the positive prank, said, “Especially in high school, everyone is really self-conscious and lots of bullying goes on and it’s just good to feel important in one way or another.” She added, “It’s our last kind of hoorah to make people feel good about themselves.” The positive messages included “You are so beautiful,” “You matter,” “You’re dope” (“dope” is slang for “awesome, cool, nice”), and “You are gorgeous.” The reaction to the positive prank has been, uh, positive. Ms. Rumpel said, “It’s been really good. We’ve heard lots of different stories about people that were really touched by them, especially teachers as well.” Sonja Hunter, a teacher at William Aberhart High School, said, “You can’t imagine what it’s like to walk in in the morning and get that little perk. Those are the kinds of things that you just say, ‘Bring it on.’ That kind of creativity is beautiful, and that’s what we want to teach.”

For Further Information: “High school positive pranksters leave their mark.” CBC News (Canada). 8 June 2013


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