Let’s get one thing straight: teachers 100% deserve the few measly weeks off they get every summer to recover from dealing with not only your kid, but hundreds of kids every single day during the school year. And that fact makes what these middle school teachers from Forney, Texas, are doing all the more special.
They teach at Warren Middle School. Middle school, y’all. Lord help them. As a teacher friend once said, “It’s the age when they need the most love, but also the age when they’re the hardest to love.”
On the flip side, it’s not at all easy being a middle schooler – and that goes double, I think, for middle school girls. Which is why some of the teachers volunteered their time this summer to transform the girls’ bathroom with uplifting, reaffirming messages of positivity and hope.
The messages painted on the doors are meant to inspire girls and help them get through those days that are particularly rough. The school district shared images of the project on their Facebook page.
They also put empowering messages above the mirrors, where girls sometimes need to see them the most.
What’s even cooler is that their hard work hasn’t gone unnoticed by other school districts, some of which are looking to copy Warren’s inspiring artwork.
The hardworking teachers at Warren Middle School aren’t the first to tackle a project like this one – a North Carolina Middle School hired a local artist to do something similar last year, and a Girl Scout mom tweeted her emotional experience seeing affirming messages in a California high school bathroom awhile back.
I think it’s safe to say Warren won’t be the last school attempting to remind girls that they are seen, powerful, and full of promise, just the way they are.
Next up: Let’s do the same for the boys, hmm?