Positive vibes sticking at Medomak Valley

By Beth A. Birmingham | May 21, 2018
Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham Sophomore Hannah Prock stands near a locker decorated with just a few of the affirming sticky notes she placed throughout Medomak Valley High School recently to spread some cheer.

Waldoboro — There are many uses for sticky notes, but their designer probably never realized just how powerful they could become.

With the help of positive affirmations, some colorful markers, and a bit of insight, more than 1,000 of them in various colors made their way to every single locker one Monday morning at Medomak Valley High School.

Tenth-grader Hannah Prock had asked permission from Acting Principal Linda Pease to accomplish her project.

Prock said she came up with the idea after dressing up as a happiness officer and handing out candy during the school's Occupation Day in late March.

"I saw that it made somebody's day, and I wanted to take it a step further," Prock said. "I wanted to spread kindness and make somebody smile."

She said most of the quotes came from Pinterest, but for the teachers she said she looked up funny jokes, or just wrote a thank-you note.

"Many of us were highly impressed with the time it took and the quality of the messages," Pease said, noting the colorful pieces of paper made the lockers look like they were decorated with flowers.

"Even some of the notes on staff doors were very personalized," she said.

The school's Facebook page was lit up with images and comments about what Prock, who at that time remained unidentified, had done.

"That is what our society needs. It doesn’t even need to be something big, little goes a long way — always," Prock said.

Although she said some students were negative about it because they thought it was done by teachers, Prock said it drove her to make a Facebook post.

"I wanted to let people know it shouldn’t matter who did it," she said.

"There are many ways to make somebody smile," Prock said. "You never know how bad their day, week, or month is."

She said she has joined, along with a few fellow students, a Positive Club that art teacher Brooke Holland is trying to start.

"This is something that has kind of just been created to show love to staff and students," Prock said.

Prock said she hopes to do it again in the future, and she would like more students to join in.

"The fact that it was totally her idea and her effort made it very special," Pease said.

So remember ... it never hurts to take a moment to affirm another's worth.

"You got this."

Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or via email at bbirmingham@villagesoup.com.

One of nearly 1,000 sticky notes placed on lockers at MVHS recently to foster some positivity. (Courtesy of: Medomak Valley High School Facebook page)
A message to a Medomak Valley teacher is placed on the office door. Staff and students were surprised by this random act of kindness earlier this month. (Courtesy of: Medomak Valley High School Facebook page)
A hallway of affirmations. (Courtesy of: Medomak Valley High School Facebook)
Comments (5)
Posted by: Charlotte Davenhill | May 22, 2018 05:26

Posted by: Mary A McKeever | May 21, 2018 18:01

Love really makes the world go around! Positive love from most students, one just has to look!

Posted by: Claire Forbes | May 21, 2018 14:38

I think this is only the begining for this young lady and for many other students.  Go Medomak!



Posted by: William Charles Ward | May 21, 2018 13:42

Absolutely fantastic idea. Great idea from a great girl.

Posted by: Richard McKusic, Sr. | May 21, 2018 12:03

Perfect example of how easy it is to make someone's day just a little bit brighter.  Another reason to be optimistic for our future with these young people coming along with HEART.

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