July 2, 2016

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Little notes make a difference at Brunswick High

Cheyenne Wurm | BEAT Reporter

The community, teachers and students of Brunswick have gone through a lot together in the past few years. All have managed to pull together as a family to get through the tough times.

Shortly after the conclusion of winter break, the community was hit again by the deaths of two high school students.

A note left on a locker at Brunswick High School. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

A note left on a locker at Brunswick High School. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

Amid all the heartbreak that was erupting, students wanted to help comfort those who knew our two new angels, which they did to the best of their ability.

At the news of the first passing, Brunswick High School sophomore Samantha Shrodes wanted to help the freshmen of Brunswick High get through the loss together. She had the idea to bring Project You Are Loved to life.

“On Sunday night, many of my friends who are freshmen had been talking to me about how upset they were,” Shrodes explained. “I really wanted to do something to help cheer them up.”

More than 3,000 Post-It notes and two hours later, the entire high school had been hit by Project You Are Loved, leaving a colorful array in its wake.

Each student’s locker had a positive message on it, such as “Stay strong” or “You are special to the world.”

On the following morning, it seemed as if students had a renewed sense of hope.

Project You Are Loved has hit Edwards Middle School, Willetts Middle School, and students from Visintainer Middle School were inspired to decorate their entire school without any help.

“I’ve gotten messages on Facebook from students with photos of their school decorated,” Shrodes said.

What started out as one student quickly spread to 20 wanting to help pull the community together. When it all began, Shrodes didn’t have much but a Facebook page and Twitter account, which was created to help share inspirational messages.

The project has received so much praise that they are even discussing producing a music video about their idea in the upcoming month. In the wake of tragedy, it only takes one person to step up and make a change in the situation around them.

Little notes can truly make a big difference.

Cheyenne Wurm, an 11-grader at Brunswick High School, is one of more than 35 “backpack journalists” in the Brunswick Schools video program. Go to www.thebeat22.com to learn more about the program, or visit thebeat.pegcentral.com to view videos produced by the students.

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