Positive Post-it Day
Like many teens around the world, Airdrie, Alberta student Caitlin Haacke was bullied at school. Instead of getting angry and lashing back at the bullies, she turned her pain into positivity directed toward others. In a simple and inexpensive way, Caitlin made kindness go viral at her school and beyond by posting notes of appreciation, compassion, and thoughtfulness throughout her school. This movement spread across her community and throughout North America.
"After being bullied in my school, I saw this idea on Pinterest about a school in the States who put Post Its all over there school and I decided that I wanted to take that stand against bullying as well. I bought over 800 post-it notes, wrote positive messages on them, and put them all over the school. My entire community, especially the Airdrie Moms, rallied together to make October 9th "Positive Post-It Day." This community helped support and all cooperated together to make this day a huge success. A nationally celebrated day, we are preparing to continue the idea and post-it the world next year during the first Monday in October! This is a free way to show people you truly care about them! If you wish to donate, please feel free to donate to your local bullying initiatives."
You can follow Caitlin's efforts on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/positivepostitday and here is a great video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87RC1NQgPzQ) summarizing the first Positive Post-it Day!
My best friend and I were so close, we could almost be sisters. We were going on holiday to Scotland in October to take a break from all our crazy work from school, because we both just started an early GCSE. Until she started getting friendly with another girl, who I instantly didn't like, as I thought she was a bad influence. Eventually I started getting nasty texts and emails, and messages on MSN about my appearance and personality. I broke down in tears one night when something about Scotland came on the television. I started getting emotionally depressed at home and at school, and my work was getting effected and my family was deeply alarmed by this. In the end I told her that I wasn't sure if i wanted to go to Scotland with her, so the messages got worse. In the end I showed my parents and teachers and they were had a word with. It's not so bad now, even though I still get depressed sometimes, but now I'm sure who my true friends are." (13 year-old girl from England