When Vine Grove Elementary School students walk into the school’s restrooms, they are greeted with messages such as “It takes a lot of courage to be who you are” and “Be the reason someone smiles today” written on the bathroom stalls and mirrors.
Ashley Cockriel, the school’s principal, said the painted bathroom stalls are part of an initiative to promote positivity in the school. The school also focuses on a positive character trait such as “kindness” every month.
Cockriel, who previously served as the school’s assistant principal, was the sponsor of the school’s Beta Club last year. She and her students brainstormed methods to implement positive messages students could see in the school.
Her students suggested decorating the school’s restrooms and the messages were painted on during the summer.
“We are just really trying to reinforce good behaviors from kids and give them an outlet to be able to ... consistently see it,” she said.