Honor Roll: One thousand reasons to smile at Minerva Deland School

Fairport, N.Y. (WROC-TV) - After the winter break, it can be tough for kids to get motivated again at school.
 
But the winter blues were quickly erased at Minerva Deland School in Fairport, thanks to two students and some inspiration from their English class.
 
"We just wanted to make everyone happy,” said 9th grader Gracie Miller. “You don't really need a reason to be nice, just to make people happy."
 
Gracie and Holly Crozzoli, also a 9th grader, helped brighten up the hallways of Minerva Deland with what some might call artwork – 1,000 post-it notes with inspirational quotes for their peers.
 
"In our English class, our teacher showed us a video of this guy who puts notes on cars in parking lots,” said Holly. “So we just wanted to do it here."
 
"We put up post-it notes around the whole school on lockers with encouraging quotes on them, so when everyone gets back from break they have something to come to,” Gracie said. “Because nobody really wants to come back from break."
 
"It's inspiring and I think it reinforces all of the work that schools do, parents do, the community does, to try to help students become great human beings," said Principal Pam Ciranni.
 
Two such great human beings used quotes like 'it's ok not to be perfect' and 'you're worth it' to make a small gesture – and 1,000 reasons to smile.
 

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