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Students fight hate with love and sticky notes

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Students fight hate with love and sticky notes

Sticky notes with positive messages hang from the wall.  Spread the Love was a project created by Trinity Derizio in response to hate from two Northwest students.

Sticky notes with positive messages hang from the wall. Spread the Love was a project created by Trinity Derizio in response to hate from two Northwest students.

Sticky notes with positive messages hang from the wall. Spread the Love was a project created by Trinity Derizio in response to hate from two Northwest students.

Sticky notes with positive messages hang from the wall. Spread the Love was a project created by Trinity Derizio in response to hate from two Northwest students.

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Upon entering the school, stuck to the door is little blue sticky note. It reads, “Be Brave.” Continue through the school, and next there is a pink sticky note taped to the wrestling trophy case: “2 do not define us.”

These sticky notes all come from a basket in the middle of the guidance counseling hallway. Supplies are provided so that all students can make a sticky note with similar messages.

There was a lot of darkness, but there’s always light, too, if you try to look for it.”

This project, known as Spread the Love, was created by senior Trinity Derizio.

“My English teacher was the one who gave me the idea,” Derizio said. “She said that we can’t fight hate with hate, and that night I couldn’t sleep because I kept thinking about it. There was a lot of darkness, but there’s always light, too, if you try to look for it. I decided to do something about it.”

Derizio was inspired then to write several sticky notes and put them around the courtyard of the school.

“Later at lunch, my friend came and told me there was a basket full of sticky notes,” Derizio said. “I was so excited. I honestly thought that they were going to get torn-up, scribbled-out or destroyed. I didn’t expect them to take off like they did.”

Others admire Derizio’s project, like sophomore Ansley Vorwald.

“It’s a good idea,” Vorwald said. “It’s been kind of stressful around here and everyone’s getting tired.”

Senior Maycie Bruggman agrees.

“I think with everything going around, this is a reminder [that Northwest is still a good place],” Bruggman said.

Derizio is “ecstatic” that her project is taking off.

“I may have cried,” Derizio said. “It makes me so happy that there’s still good in this school.”

Upon hearing about the sticky note on the wrestling team’s trophy case, Derizio smiled.

“I wrote that,” Derizio said. “But someone must have moved it there.”

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