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Simple notes spread message of positivity at West Delaware High School

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MANCHESTER (KWWL) -

A couple of weeks ago, students at West Delaware High School in Manchester noticed something on their locker.

But not only on their locker, but every locker in the school.

They were small notes, with messages of positivity written on them.

"The idea behind this was to spread happiness to everyone in the student body. Because I know we're going through some hard things, not only in our country, but in our school right now. So to give everyone a kind of positive message," said Natalie Kehrli, a freshman.

It was the work of the appreciation council--a new part of the student council at the school.

They all wrote about 60 notes, and took about an hour and a half to put them on the school's nearly 500 lockers.

But they say that work has been worth it.

"It honestly made me a happier to be able to spread positivity almost in an anonymous way, and know that everyone was getting something from it and every locker got something and everyone received a happy message," Kehrli said.

It's an effort that's resonating throughout the halls of the school.

"It gives me hope," said Abby Osborne, the school's student council advisor. "I get so excited and it makes me feel like that in all of the darkness and bad things that have been happening in our world, we're not really so bad and we can do great things in our future."

KWWL did receive a few emails this week about different displays being taken off lockers in the school.

In response to an accident over the weekend that killed one student and seriously injured another, some students put up memorials and get well banners on those students' lockers.

Yesterday, Principal Tim Felderman was in touch with those students who put them up, and eventually took them down.

He said they have research that shows that's not the best way for his student body to deal with the grief.

Instead, he says they continue to offer a number of other avenues for students to mourn, show support and find help they need.

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