The Power of a Sticky Note
Ashley Monroe, who attends a school in Massachusetts, wrote out 1,986 sticky notes. Each said, "You're beautiful," and she stuck one to every locker in my entire school.
She wrote in her blog:
It was almost unbearable to listen people put themselves down every day. They would say things like, "I'm ugly" or "No one likes me." To me, that wasn't the truth. For at least one day, I wanted everyone to know that someone thought they were beautiful.
It took me over 6 hours to write all of the notes, and an hour to stick them with the help of one other friend.
It wasn't my original plan to tell people that I had done it, but word got out after I had been called to the Dean's office. They found me through the school's video surveillance system.
After being sat down in the office and explaining everything that had happened, there was talk of a possible 3-day suspension from school. When I went back to my classroom, my teacher asked me what they said, and I told her. This is how the rest of the students found out. Throughout the entire day word of the possible suspension circulated, and a group of students came together and formed a petition. They passed the petition around school.
In the end, it had over 600 signatures, from both students AND faculty.
It amazed me that people would do that for me. For one day, I truly felt beautiful. And for one day, I managed to make every other kid in my school feel beautiful, as well.
A few days later, after the incident was not as new, a complete stranger approached me. What she said to me was shocking.
"That day, I was planning on killing myself. I had given up completely on society, but because of you I didn't. You gave me hope. Thank you."
What's more amazing than that is the fact that today she has become one of my best friends.