At some point in our lives, we have all had to deal with a bully. Most people will ignore them, others will react, but we all are affected by hateful words and actions.
When a student posted on Caitlin Prater-Haake’s Facebook wall that she should go die, she did not let it put her down. Instead, she took the students awful message and turned it around in an amazing act.
She wrote a brief, unique message on a post-it note, and placed them on every student’s locker in the school.
Some of the post-it notes read:
You’re a sprinkle cupcake in a world full of muffins!
Believe in yourself. You can do unbelievable things.
You look amazing today!
I <3 you!
The students loved it—the administration, not so much. Caitlin was reprimanded for littering. That created a movement called “Positive Post-It Day.”
Caitlin’s hometown of Airdrie in Alberta, Canada quickly adopted a resolution supporting the campaign.
“Positive begets positive, so we were excited to support it,” said Peter Brown, the Mayor of Airdrie.
Soon, a local businesses were taking the lead from Caitlin. Jennifer Ferguson, a branch manager from Airdrie’s Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) posted positive post-it notes on all of her colleagues offices.
A bully’s words can hurt, there is no doubt. However, the effects of knowing somebody took a moment out of their day to think about you will last even longer.
Caitlin could have turned her back on the hateful comment, but decided to do something even more radical. She made people smile.