High School Student Posts Positive Messages, Spreads Kindness

He's giving people a reason to smile – and now they want to join his mission.

Braxton Brawley is spreading kindness in his community, one Post-it note at a time.

The high school senior has been writing positive messages on sticky notes and plastering them all over Liberty High School in Bedford, VA.

The notes are showing up on lockers and walls in the hallways, some are even stuck to the ceiling – all colorful reminders for those passing by that kindness is alive and well in their school.

Braxton Brawley.Bedford County Public Schools/Facebook

As for how many notes Brawley has written, he's lost count.

"It has to be pretty close to about 200 to 300," he told WDBJ-TV.

The sticky notes are affecting others in a positive way, including Shawn Tosper, the school's principal.

"It's just a nice thought. It's nice that somebody took the time to try to spread that positivity. So, of course it's a good thing and you see students react as they pull it off their locker, teachers off their classrooms. So it's just a good way to either start your day or kinda get you through," Trosper said.

Bedford County Public Schools/Facebook

Messages like, "We all have a purpose," and "The best of lessons are in the hardest of times," are written on the notes with Brawley's nickname 'B-RAX' scrawled underneath.

While Brawley has been bringing joy to the faculty and students at Liberty with his notes, he says his project is also reaching people outside of the school.

"I've had people message me on social media just saying thank you," Brawley said. "I've had people tell me they've had rough days and when they read the sticky notes around campus, it brightens them up. Some people are taking them off the wall and taking them home with them."

Now, Braxley says that other students want to add to the culture of kindness he created and start writing their own notes.

"I just tell them to connect with their feelings and jot them down on the sticky notes and put them everywhere they can. And people will start to realize, and they'll start to feel how I feel," he said.


How can you start something good?

Sounds like Braxley's small acts are sparking a big wave of kindness in his community. His idea would be easy and inexpensive to try in your school or workplace. Why not join him and #StartSomethingGood!

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