Positive post-its campaign targets bullying and raises self-esteem.

In response to a disturbing bullying incident in her school, grade 11 student Caitlin Prater-Haacke started a positive post-its campaign.
Positive post-its campaign

Positive post-its campaign started by student, Caitlin Prater-Haacke.

Caitlin attends George McDougall High School in Airdrie, Alberta.

Caitlin began her spontaneous anti-bullying campaign by posting hundreds of positive post-its on lockers throughout her school.

Can you imagine the kind of work it took just to write out all of those lovely post-its? That’s commitment!

Caitlin Prater-Haacke

Caitlin Prater-Haacke

This whole thing began when, one day, Caitlin arrived at school to discover that someone had broken into her locker, and used her very own iPad to post a horrible Facebook status telling her to die.

“Bullying is not necessarily addressed, and people get really down about it, I wanted to do something positive — it was about due time,” Prater-Haacke said.

Originally her school did not think positively of her positive post-its campaign and she was punished for littering.

Her mom, Nicole Haacke, said not only was Caitlin taken out of the classroom and told janitors weren’t there to clean up after her, she was yelled at by a teacher.

“I don’t understand that when my kid is bullied, nothing happens, but when she tries to do something positive, she is punished,” Haacke said.

The general community jumped onto Caitlin’s bandwagon and begain an anti-bullying campaign called “Positive Post-it Day” to encourage people to leave anonymous notes of kindness for one another on Oct. 9.

The Staples store in Airdrie supported the effort by giving away Post-it notes to those who wished to participate in the campaign.

One of Caitlin’s fellow students reported that the positive messages on the notes made them feel special.

The locker break-in and Facebook post are currently under investigation by police.

photo credits: J_O_I_D via photopin cc; Caitlin Prater-Haacke Facebook page.

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