As a part of Gull Lake High School’s effort to spread kindness around the school, Student Senate placed thousands of cut-out hearts on the walls, mirrors and lockers of the high school. The hearts contain friendly statements such as “you are wonderful,” “have a great day,” “spread positivity,” and other encouraging words. Student Senate members took time to write these nice phrases on each of the hearts to improve the days of students and create a positive learning environment.
Following the placement of the cut-out hearts, some students found it necessary to tear them down. Whether it was done as a joke or with intent to ruin Student Senate’s efforts is unclear. Tuesday morning, the seniors and juniors arrived to a heartless hallway–with all of the hearts ripped down from their lockers. Some of them have been replaced, but they are continually being torn down. In high school, students should be responsible enough to respect the efforts of their peers and appreciate the work that they did, despite their feelings on the hearts. The impact of Kindness Week seems to be lost on certain students.
While some of the hearts contain helpful statements and may bring positivity to some students, some students may feel the sentiments are insincere since the hearts are written by unknown students and placed randomly throughout the school. Written on them are general statements that are inspirational, but not specific to any certain person. To personalize this teachers were given hearts for students to write messages on and to give them to whomever they choose. In elementary school, giving out Valentine’s cards was the norm and was always an exciting day for students. Having the ability to write a specific and heartfelt message directed toward a friend or classmate is far more sincere than finding a randomly assigned heart on your locker.
Regardless, the message of Kindness Week remains beneficial: students should learn how to spread positivity and brighten the days of other people. Going out of your way to hold a door open for somebody and compliment someone can go a long way. The cutout hearts may not be the way to go, but their presence still leaves an impact on the hearts of Gull Lake High School students.