Spreading joy through positive messages

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Senior Laura Mellado received a positive letter from NHS members that helped boost her day. (Photo/Alyssa Herzbrun)

Just a few days before Valentine’s Day, National Honor Society (NHS) members set out to make Upper School students’ days. Senior Flora Ranis, president of the club, along with nine other students helped write 750 messages for the occupied lockers of students in grades seven through 12. She created the idea to spread more joy in the week of Valentine’s Day. 

“It was so inspiring seeing NHS members excited to make people smile. So many were not only excited to write the notes but also deliver them Monday night after most kids had left school,” Ranis said. “While the week of Valentine’s Day can be really sweet, I think February 14th will forever represent something much darker for many students on campus, so it was really important to me to help students stay positive during the week and remind them that they are never alone.” 

Ranis explained that her favorite part of this event was having people come up to her and thank her for the notes they received. “People said it made them smile when they went to their lockers in the morning and that it made their day,” she said. 

The ten NHS members took home around 100 notecards to write. The messages were later compiled and randomly placed in lockers.

Senior Ashley Affolter helped write and deliver the note cards. “It took me a good three to four hours to write them all down but despite how long it took, what made this worth it was the hope of just making one person smile when they read their little note,” she said.

Overall, Ranis believed the event to be a major success because they were able to make students smile as they read their heartfelt messages.

Alyssa Herzbrun, a senior at American Heritage, is in her third year of newspaper. She currently edits the opinion section of the newspaper and is a Co-Assistant Editor-in-Chief. On the weekends, Alyssa loves to volunteer at places like Broward Outreach Center, Ronald McDonald House and Feeding South Florida. Alyssa is an avid reader. Over the summer she read a book every day but school is interfering with her reading streak. She also loves to clog (not the toilet but the dance). Alyssa is looking for a great year and hopes to meet many opinionated people.

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