Video Shares Tips for Spreading Positivity

Hope Squad Video Shares Tips for Spreading Positivity
Posted on 05/05/2020
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Hope Squad videoThe Lakota East and West Hope Squads play an important role in creating a school culture of positivity and hope – whether students are learning at school or learning at home.

At this time of year, the Hope Squads typically visit the junior high schools and share what Hope Squads are all about. In May, eighth graders nominate and vote for their peers to become freshman Hope Squad members.

“Obviously those in-person visits were not possible, so the squads came up with the next best thing: a video,” said Assistant Director of Gifted Services Lauren Webb, who helped coordinate the effort. “The squads also wanted to use this opportunity to help students during quarantine.”

Hope Squad members recorded short messages about the work of the organization, as well as shared ideas on how to deal with the isolation everyone is feeling. Webb knitted all of the independent videos into Hope Squads Reach Out. The video was then recently shared with Lakota’s junior high school students and staff.

“It’s easier than ever to feel isolated from people you care about,” said East senior Alex Bastin. “We are here to listen. When all of this is over, we can see how we all came together to spread positivity.”

“Just because we are physically separated doesn’t mean you can’t be connected,” said East’s Eli Tivin.

East freshman Caitlyn Spaulding said that small compliments, sending notes or checking in on a friend via text are all great ways to stay connected. She encouraged students to pick their favorite way and to start spreading positivity.

West student Mason Ruggiero offered these important tips: stay connected, stay busy and have hope. “Staying busy is simple, but it works. We are all being given the gift of time. We always wish we had more time, so now you have the chance to do something you always wanted to do, like a new hobby or developing a new habit like working out.”

In addition to sharing tips on getting through this time of isolation, Hope Squad members encouraged the younger students to think about being part of the organization. West’s Brooke Blackburn said that Hope Squad is not just a school outreach group. “We spread positivity throughout the community and joining has been the best decision I ever made.”