Through a marketing assignment, Sequoyah High School juniors Isabella Tedesco and Austyn Tressler created positive messages for children at a local elementary school.

The two teens decided to create “The Kindness Campaign.” In their project report, they stated that “The Kindness Campaign’s goals are to help encourage a positive, social, and emotionally safe learning environment for all students enrolled at Hickory Flat Elementary School.”

After working with and gaining approval from the HFES administration, the pair created inspiring quotes and used the vinyl cutter from Isabella’s existing business, Arden’s Creative Garden. On Jan. 6, they arrived to hang the quotes on restroom doors throughout the building. When HFES students arrived back to school for the new year, they were surprised by The Kindness Campaign efforts.

Kerry Estep, HFES assistant principal, shared with Isabella and Austyn that “The students LOVE it…some third grade students referred to your work as “kindness vandalism”.

The SHS students were excited by the response and hope to continue encouraging kindness throughout the zone.

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