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Suzanne students sprinkle Walnut with Happiness!

NEWS                                                                                    Walnut Valley Unified School District
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                   880 S. Lemon Avenue
March 20, 2015                                                                     Walnut, CA 91789

 

Contact:                                                   
Kelli Gile, Office of Community Resources
kgile@wvusd.k12.ca.us
(909) 595-1261 ext. 31204


Walnut gets Sprinkled with Happiness!

WALNUT, CA--Suzanne Middle School students brought a whole lot of sunshine to parents, local seniors, and fellow classmates on March 18.

Drama, PALS, and PLUS members sprinkled happiness throughout the day.

The group of 80 students wore bright yellow shirts and big smiles as they greeted parents during the morning drop off.

They carried happiness signs with positive messages like You are Loved, Breathe, and It’s Going to be All Right.

“Our kids were standing in the parking lot and street corners just wishing everybody a great day,” said math and drama teacher Helen Papadopoulos.

The Happiness Project, created by Laura Lavigne, founder of the Anacortes Center for Happiness is a simple way to share a powerful message.

People that were sprinkled might have been surprised at first, but the happiness spread quickly. They smiled, waved back, and some even honked.

“We get to spread happiness all over!” exclaimed eighth grader Samantha Stone.

“We saw so many amazing parents driving by and smiling as they left the parking lot. So we feel like we did our job!” Papadopoulos added.

Later in the morning, the group trekked over to the Walnut Senior Center to make a surprise delivery of flowers, hugs, and smiles.

The kids continued waving their yellow pompoms and signs at passing cars while they walked down La Puente Blvd.

When they arrived, they mingled through a morning senior aerobics class sharing the gifts of happiness.

Seventh grader Mariel Danganan made a beeline right over to Darlene Knox.

“I think it’s wonderful!” exclaimed the surprised retired educator clutching the colorful stems.

“We just wanted to spread love and happiness. And it’s fun!” Danganan gushed after giving a heartfelt hug.

Masa Nishida, a 35-year-resident, said he was brought to tears with the special gesture.

“It’s great!” he beamed.

“The seniors just loved the flowers from the kids,” commented Recreation Supervisor Gabriela Encinas.

“It was really fun to see them smile,” said 8th grader Priscilla Pranajasa after visiting the senior center.

At lunch, the happiness sprinkling continued.

Random notes of kindness were passed out to students that said “You Matter, Sure You Can, Imagine, and You Can Do It.

“It’s Pass It On Week, so week so we’ve been spreading happiness!’ Pranajasa said.

“Today is about changing just one life at a time!" said teacher and club advisor Marla Rickard.

Rickard wants students to see the impact of sharing a smile or kind word.

“It can not only change the lives of others, but they’ll change a little inside too.”

“The kids don’t often get immediate feedback when they are trying to make a difference.  Today they did.  Keep your eyes open, Walnut…we may be sprinkling happiness again soon!” Papadopoulos shared.


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Suzanne Middle School drama, PALS, and PLUS students brought the Happiness Project to parents, students, and local seniors on March 18. 

Suzanne students sprinkled Walnut seniors with flowers, positive messages and hugs.

Suzanne Middle School students and parents were surprised with a sprinkling of happiness during the morning drop-off on March 18.