"Positive information benefits us emotionally, physically, and mentally. It contributes to a happier, healthier life."
By Good News Network Tuesday, March 22, 2011
I got a note from a mental health counselor at an inner city elementary school about an epidemic of negativity in her Dayton, Ohio school. Her moving testimony and her idea for closing the positivity gap, made me want to help:
"It seems the focus is always on the negative things that kids do. In the past 2 years, I have tried to spread positivity to the staff and students, like creating a nomination box for students and teachers to call out individuals when they have done something caring or responsible."
"We teach in a poverty-stricken district. Drug use is prevalent, abuse is prevalent. Our test scores are low, not because our teaching staff is sub-par, but because these kids are worried about having enough to eat or mom/dad being high or violent when they get home. It gets to the staff, and then the staff bicker at each other, instead of lifting each other up."
"I want to remind people that the kids can feel our negativity and frustration... But, with likely teacher lay-offs and testing coming up, people are feeling bleak and frustrated."
"I would love to be able to buy your “Good Happens” tee-shirts for the staff, but there is no budget for this. I would need about 45. I completely understand if it isn’t possible to donate them, but would be eternally grateful if it does!"
As if to confirm Lisa's good intentions, I received a notice from CafePress.com, the shop that prints and sells Good News Network merchandise, describing a 3-day sale ending Wednesday offering 20% off to shop owners for orders on their own stuff!
With my discount, most shirts would cost about $12.00 plus $2 each for shipping (if I ordered these during the sale period ending Wednesday night.)
If this story moves you and you can donate to this effort, I've set up a DONATE button using Paypal that will accommodate any amount. (All money would go directly to the cost of the shirt.) Please be generous, if you can. (All proceeds go toward cost of shirts.) NOTE: You do not need to have a Paypal account. Donations can be made directly with a credit card - Click where it says, "Don't have a PayPal account?".
AN UPDATE on the Successful Campaign can be seen here on the blog!
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