Positive Words Can Go a Long Way
By Jaclyn Asztalos
Students are fighting bullying through a few kind words.
North Tonawanda, N.Y. (WKBW) - Seventh grader Alyssa Germano said it is these kind words that can go a long way on every locker in the school.
“Me and my mom went out bought post its and pens and the next day I asked a couple people if they want to do it every Thursday,” Germano said.
On Friday, every student in the school has a post it on their locker telling them something nice. It is all part of the Post-It project. They even have a committee to make these post-its each week.
“The group is eclectic. She solicited kids, just going through the halls. We have seventh and eight grade kids. I don't think initially they were friends but her enthusiasm is contagious,” Guidance Counselor Elizabeth Cippola said.
Germano has a few goals in mind.
“This is all about trying to put a stop to bullying. We're putting things like stay beautiful, you're perfect, things like that to make people feel good and put a smile on their face,” Germano said.
She said this project is personal.
“Last year, I was bullied and it's not a good feeling. My best friend was bullied for three years. Her pain is my pain. I hate to see people frowning and it's just not a good feeling,” Germano said.
Cippola said the kids are coming together for a good cause.
“Her motives are so pure. She just really wants to make a change,” Cippola said.
Along with the positive post-its, Alyssa has some important advice.
“Of you are being bullied you should stand up for yourself. If you are afraid to then tell a trusted teacher or someone and they will do something about it. If you are standing there and watching and you don't want to tell you should confront the bully and ask them why are they doing this,” Germano said.