Teach­ers paint in­spi­ra­tional phrases on school walls

Prin­ci­pal An­der­son: ‘We’re spread­ing kind­ness and cheer through­out the build­ing.’

The Kutztown Area Patriot - - LOCAL NEWS - By Lisa Mitchell lmitchell@21st-cen­tu­ry­media. com @kutz­town­pa­triot on Twit­ter

Green­wich El­e­men­tary teach­ers are spread­ing hap­pi­ness and kind­ness by paint­ing in­spi­ra­tional phrases and pic­tures on the school walls.

Green­wich-Len­hartsville El­e­men­tary School Prin­ci­pal Mr. Erin J. An­der­son said fac­ulty early in the school year talked about bright­en­ing up the walls of the school.

“Make it a fun and happy place for our chil­dren here at school,” said An­der­son. “We have a num­ber of teach­ers who are paint­ing, we’re spread­ing kind­ness and cheer through­out the build­ing.”

An­der­son said a num­ber of teach­ers have taken the ini­tia­tive to start paint­ing phrases that en­cour­age kind­ness, some of which has been in­spired by stu­dents. For ex­am­ple, “Learn, Have Fun & Be Kind” was a phrase on a stu­dent’s T-shirt and is now be­ing painted by Green­wich El­e­men­tary li­brar­ian Tina Caulfield on a wall near the school li­brary.

Big white spa­ces on the hall­way walls have been adopted by teach­ers to add color and an en­cour­ag­ing phrase.

“The teach­ers have done a great job. It’s all their work. They’ve been tak­ing time after school and on week­ends to paint things up on the walls,” said An­der­son. “The stu­dents love it. As a mat­ter of fact, early on, they were quite sur­prised and they would walk by and see one of us paint­ing on the wall and say, ‘You’re paint­ing on the wall?! Are you al­lowed to do that?’ and we said, ‘Yes, we ab­so­lutely are al­lowed to do that.’”

“We’re go­ing to paint the walls and make them brighter and more col­or­ful and make it hap­pier,” said An­der­son.

In ad­di­tion to the in­spi­ra­tional paint­ings, Peace. Love.Kutz­town, a sub­com­mit­tee of Kutz­town Com­mu­nity Part­ner­ship, also asked the school to help pro­mote their kind­ness cam­paign. An­der­son said a Peace.Love.Kutz­town sign has been placed in the grass out front of the school build­ing. Green­wich El­e­men­tary third grade teacher Al­li­son Scheidt asked to paint the Peace. Love.Kutz­town logo on a school wall.

“We wanted to find a big spot for it here in the build­ing where every­one could see and the staff de­cided that they thought it would be good to paint it in the gym be­cause that’s where most of the com­mu­nity when­ever they come into the build­ing they’ll be able to see that.”

Scheidt, school nurse Vanessa Sher­rer and kin­der­garten teacher Cyndi Parker de­voted a week re­cently to paint the logo on the gym wall. Also, the first in­spi­ra­tional phrase was painted on the school wall out­side Scheidt’s class­room.

“We saw on­line from a mid­dle school that had in­spi­ra­tional things on their walls and we just thought that would be great be­cause (Mr. An­der­son) told us we could paint,” said Scheidt. “We ac­tu­ally started by putting the kids’ hand prints on our ceil­ing tiles but then we found dif­fer­ent things and I just did the first one out­side my room and every­body else kind of went from there. It’s awe­some. The kids are ex­cited. They’re hav­ing fun just pick­ing out all of the new ones as they crop up.”

Scheidt hopes the in­spi­ra­tional paint­ings help to re­mind stu­dents to be pos­i­tive and happy and peace­ful. She likes that the Peace. Love.Kutz­town cam­paign is spread­ing peace, joy.

“Re­mind­ing the kids to stop the hate. It’s such a pow­er­ful mes­sage,” she said.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO — VANESSA SHER­RER

Green­wich El­e­men­tary stu­dents cre­ate a hu­man peace sign on Peace Day, Sept. 21.

LISA MITCHELL — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

The Peace.Love.Kutz­town logo was painted on the Green­wich El­e­men­tary School gym wall. Pic­tured with stu­dents are Prin­ci­pal Erin An­der­son and the staff who painted the logo, kin­der­garten teacher Cyndi Parker, third grade teacher Al­li­son Scheidt and school nurse Vanessa Sher­rer.

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