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Don't worry, be happy - it's Tuesday

One of the shirts worn by Terry Fox secondary students to promote Happy Tuesday, when candies, hot chocolate and kind messages are given out to create positive spirit at the Port Coquitlam school. - SUBMITTED
One of the shirts worn by Terry Fox secondary students to promote Happy Tuesday, when candies, hot chocolate and kind messages are given out to create positive spirit at the Port Coquitlam school.
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This is an updated version of an earlier story posted about Happy Tuesday.

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The idea of spreading good feelings through candy or kind words has spread from a Port Coquitlam high school to one in Coquitlam, and the students behind the idea are happy to see it go further.

Two girls who wish to remain anonymous started the idea of Happy Tuesday at Terry Fox two years ago and this fall it jumped to Riverside secondary in Port Coquitlam. But the good vibes didn't just stay in Port Coquitlam. Thanks to social media, they spread to Dr. Charles Best in Coquitlam where lockers and doors were papered recently with positive messages on sticky notes.

Johanna Huffner and Kendra May

Could it go even further? That's certainly the hope of Kendra May, Grade 11, and Johanna Kuffner, Grade 10, who started the Happy Tuesday Club at Riverside.

And the anonymous twosome from Fox who first promoted the idea as a Random Acts of Kindness gesture and wear Happy Tuesday shirts and hand out candy would like to see the initiative expand to other schools, too.

"That's, like the whole plan; people really want to see a change and take action. It's been really motivating and exciting seeing other schools (do Happy Tuesday). But it's all about helping, we don't want it to be' look at us," said one of the Fox students.

Riverside's Kendra May was just starting out at her new school to take the culinary arts program when she decided to transplant Happy Tuesday. Together with Kuffner, the two started a Happy Tuesday Club which meets Mondays to come up with ideas.

"It went over really well," May said.

About three weeks ago the club posted positive messages on school lockers and a photo was sent out on Twitter, where it was picked up by Coquitlam student Selin Jessa.

Jessa, and a group of her friends, posted positive messages on lockers and doors at Dr. Charles Best, a good deed that earned top marks from her peers.

"It just makes you smile," said Angel Kennedy, a Grade 11 Best student, who arrived at school a few weeks ago on a Friday and found on her locker a note that read "Go change the world."

She thinks the initiative was a good idea and probably made a lot of people feel better.

"I think if someone is having a bad day, one of the notes could cheer them up," she said.

The notes, in yellow and blue, bore handwritten phrases such as "Hang in there" and "Have a good day."

Huffner and May and the Fox girls are thrilled their idea took root and would love to see other schools spread positive vibes — through notes, candy or just by opening the door for each other.

"It's something that brings joy and happiness to students," Huffner said.

Good feelings, it appears, travels fast.

• If you would like to help the Riverside Happy Tuesday club with donations for more initiatives, email happytuesday@hotmail.ca; on Twitter, they can be found at @HappyTuesdayRS.

dstrandberg@tricitynews.com

 

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