Never underestimate the power of a Post-it


S-C students learn impact of words for class project

By Hope Lecchi - [email protected]



Alyssa Crawford gathers her Post-it notes together before putting them on various walls and lockers at Smith-Cotton High School as part of National Positive Post-it Day Monday. The 30 students in Marina Scheiner’s family relations class were given the assignment to write 100 Post-it notes each with a positive message to be placed throughout the school.


One of the 4,000 Post-it notes that were on display Monday at S-C. The fifth hour family relations class came to the high school Sunday night to distribute the colorful notes on walls, lockers and windows. Several students created more than 100 of the notes because they wanted to make sure each staff member had one outside their classroom at the start of the day.


Jamika Yount takes a break while writing her notes. The students were asked to find positive, meaningful messages to write on the notes. They also had to write a reflective essay on the impact the assignment had on them and the school as a whole.


Jacey Etter shows how she and other students displayed some of the Post-it notes left by members of Marina Scheiner’s family relations class. Several students removed the notes from the walls and wore them or used them as bookmarks or keepsakes. The project was designed to help students improve their self-concept and self-esteem.


Several members of Marina Scheiner’s fifth hour class stand beside one of the bulletin boards where they left Post-its with words of encouragement for the student body of S-C on National Positive Post-it Note Day. Elizabeth Jones, a member of the class, said she enjoyed the project because you never know what a little positivity can do to help another person.


Part of the chalk wall near the high school office at Smith-Cotton is shown after being decorated by Marina Scheiner’s fifth hour family relations class. The 30 students in the class spent a week finding positive messages and creating 100 Post-it notes with them. The students spent two hours Sunday night placing the notes throughout the high school for other to read Monday morning when they came to school. Monday was National Positive Post-it Note Day.


S-C students learn impact of words for class project

By Hope Lecchi

[email protected]

Alyssa Crawford gathers her Post-it notes together before putting them on various walls and lockers at Smith-Cotton High School as part of National Positive Post-it Day Monday. The 30 students in Marina Scheiner’s family relations class were given the assignment to write 100 Post-it notes each with a positive message to be placed throughout the school.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_tsd100615postits1.jpgAlyssa Crawford gathers her Post-it notes together before putting them on various walls and lockers at Smith-Cotton High School as part of National Positive Post-it Day Monday. The 30 students in Marina Scheiner’s family relations class were given the assignment to write 100 Post-it notes each with a positive message to be placed throughout the school.

One of the 4,000 Post-it notes that were on display Monday at S-C. The fifth hour family relations class came to the high school Sunday night to distribute the colorful notes on walls, lockers and windows. Several students created more than 100 of the notes because they wanted to make sure each staff member had one outside their classroom at the start of the day.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_tsd100615postit2.jpgOne of the 4,000 Post-it notes that were on display Monday at S-C. The fifth hour family relations class came to the high school Sunday night to distribute the colorful notes on walls, lockers and windows. Several students created more than 100 of the notes because they wanted to make sure each staff member had one outside their classroom at the start of the day.

Jamika Yount takes a break while writing her notes. The students were asked to find positive, meaningful messages to write on the notes. They also had to write a reflective essay on the impact the assignment had on them and the school as a whole.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_tsd100615postit3.jpgJamika Yount takes a break while writing her notes. The students were asked to find positive, meaningful messages to write on the notes. They also had to write a reflective essay on the impact the assignment had on them and the school as a whole.

Jacey Etter shows how she and other students displayed some of the Post-it notes left by members of Marina Scheiner’s family relations class. Several students removed the notes from the walls and wore them or used them as bookmarks or keepsakes. The project was designed to help students improve their self-concept and self-esteem.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_tsd100615postit4.jpgJacey Etter shows how she and other students displayed some of the Post-it notes left by members of Marina Scheiner’s family relations class. Several students removed the notes from the walls and wore them or used them as bookmarks or keepsakes. The project was designed to help students improve their self-concept and self-esteem.

Several members of Marina Scheiner’s fifth hour class stand beside one of the bulletin boards where they left Post-its with words of encouragement for the student body of S-C on National Positive Post-it Note Day. Elizabeth Jones, a member of the class, said she enjoyed the project because you never know what a little positivity can do to help another person.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_tsd100615post-it5.jpgSeveral members of Marina Scheiner’s fifth hour class stand beside one of the bulletin boards where they left Post-its with words of encouragement for the student body of S-C on National Positive Post-it Note Day. Elizabeth Jones, a member of the class, said she enjoyed the project because you never know what a little positivity can do to help another person.

Part of the chalk wall near the high school office at Smith-Cotton is shown after being decorated by Marina Scheiner’s fifth hour family relations class. The 30 students in the class spent a week finding positive messages and creating 100 Post-it notes with them. The students spent two hours Sunday night placing the notes throughout the high school for other to read Monday morning when they came to school. Monday was National Positive Post-it Note Day.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_tsd100615postit6.jpgPart of the chalk wall near the high school office at Smith-Cotton is shown after being decorated by Marina Scheiner’s fifth hour family relations class. The 30 students in the class spent a week finding positive messages and creating 100 Post-it notes with them. The students spent two hours Sunday night placing the notes throughout the high school for other to read Monday morning when they came to school. Monday was National Positive Post-it Note Day.

Never underestimate the power of a small Post-it note, a pen, and a few kind words.

The student body of Smith-Cotton High School discovered that Monday morning as they entered the building.

Thirty students in Marina Scheiner’s fifth hour family relations class had posted the walls, halls and lockers — any surface they could find — with more than 4,000 Post-it notes, each with a message of encouragement.

“When I came in the building I saw all these notes everywhere,” junior Olivia Greer said. “My friends and I read a lot of them and when I got to my locker there was one that said ‘be happy and smile,’ and it had a smiley face drawn on it.

“I thought it was really cool to think that someone took the time to do all of this to make people’s day better,” Greer added. “Especially on a Monday.”

Monday was National Positive Post-it Note day, an idea Scheiner found and decided to incorporate into her curriculum.

“This whole project centers on building self-esteem and self-concept,” Scheiner told her first hour class Monday morning. “As teenagers it is a very fragile time for that stage of your development.”

The project took less than a week to complete but has had an impact on the students already.

Scheiner’s students were each given 100 Post-its. They had to brainstorm and find 25 quotes that had relevance to them.

The students then hand-wrote the notes and could decorate them if they chose to do so. The students were also asked to write a reflective paper describing what the assignment meant to them and the impact they felt it would have on the student body.

“I think doing this activity was a good idea because it makes us think there’s more to life than always having negative things to say about each other,” Destiny Archambault wrote as part of her assignment. “I think doing this project will sort of bring everybody together.

“I think it will help some people, but then some people won’t care about it at all,” she continued. “I think it will show some people too that being mean and saying rude things is not always the answer.”

Coming on the heels of Homecoming, Scheiner was proud of her students and the amount of work they put into the project.

“Last week was really busy with all the Homecoming activities but my students came in on Sunday evening to make sure we had them all up before the students arrived,” Scheiner said. “I really have a wide, diverse spectrum of students in my class, a great cross section of kids and they all came together to make this work.”

S-C Principal Wade Norton was grateful for the efforts of the class as well.

“What these students did is a great way for all students to get a positive message out,” Norton said. “They may not have made the face-to-face contact but it is a great way to get a positive message out there and put everyone in the right mood.”

Hope Lecchi can be reached at 660-826-1000 ext. 1484

Sedalia Democrat

Hope Lecchi can be reached at 660-826-1000 ext. 1484

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