By Matthew Allana ’20
Members of the Character Committee gave away buttons with positive messages on Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day, as part of the “Words Have Impact” campaign. According to members, the purpose of the campaign is to make members of the school community aware that words have consequences, both positive and negative, and that they should be used wisely.
Students on the Character Committee said that the idea was conceived when they found that, especially on the bus, students were being harassed. The group wanted to solve the problem as a whole, particularly the fact that students often do not understand the impact they can have.
“Because we found that there are a lot of negative thoughts circulating around campus, we came up with the button idea to specifically counteract them positively,” Character Committee member Tyra Hirooka ’20 said.
According to students, the group chose the date of the event carefully.
“We chose to have the event on Valentine’s Day because we felt that tying it into a day of love would really help get the message across,” Hirooka said.
Members of the Character Committee said that this event was an attempt to demonstrate the positive effect that words can have, and that to continue the “Words Have Impact” campaign. They are planning to present a video at a future assembly that highlights the negative impact that students’ words can cause.
Students said that the button event was enjoyable and a good idea.
“The Character Committee’s button idea was really smart, and I think it spread awareness that words have impact … I liked it because I was able to show my gratitude to all my friends and teachers,” Meera Burghardt ’20 said.