Based on a brainchild of one its students, Laguna Hills High School officials had the mirrors taken out of the school’s girls’ bathrooms … and replaced with notes of “affirmation.”
The notes include little sayings such as “You are important” and “You are loved.”
Sabrina Astle, a member of the school “Kindness Club,” said she came up with the idea because she wanted to “make a difference.”
“[W]e had What if … Week,” Astle told ABC News. “Each day has a specific message. The message for Thursday, March 23, 2017, was ‘What if we showed more love?’
“The signs have helped people remember that everyone is beautiful, everyone is important, everyone is good enough and everyone should be treated equally. I did this because I am passionate about the fact that everyone is important and everyone needs to be cared for.”
“I felt that this would be a good time to hang the signs. I put the signs in the bathroom the night before so students would see them throughout the next day,” she said.
Chelsea Maxwell, the school’s activities director, told ABC News, “[Sabrina] made it her goal for the semester to spread positive messages around campus.”
Even though the signs were planned for the What if … Week, reaction has been very positive, Maxwell said, and there are no immediate plans to take them down.
“It made their day,” Sabrina said of other students.
“I didn’t think I was doing anything that would impact anyone,” she said. “I thought it may brighten their day or lift their confidence before their next class, but I didn’t think it would make this large of an impact.”
The New York Daily News notes the story was picked up by a feminist Facebook group and soon went viral.
“I walked into the girls bathroom at a local high school over the weekend and was so amazed and over joyed at what I saw. No mirrors just affirmations!” wrote Facebook user Shannen McKinney Lob.