Create and display positive messages in visible areas

What’s involved

  • Display positive messages, notes of care, and gratitude to bring a smile to everyone’s faces.
  • Create signs with messages of hope, jokes, laughter, or paintings to hang on the school fence for anyone who drives by to enjoy. Consider laminating the signs to protect them from different weather elements.
  • Schools may consider purchasing cardboard letter cutouts (e.g., messages of “We miss you!”), to display for school community members passing by.
  • Challenge students to make signs or art displays and hang them in their windows at home, ask parents take pictures of the signs and post them on the school’s social media page to celebrate with the school community.
  • School staff may take the time to tour the artwork completed by students via drive-by, bike ride, or community walks.

Who can deliver it

  • Teachers
  • Support staff
  • Parents
  • Principals
  • School divisions

Time commitment

  • 1 hour

Resources required

For the School:

  • Paper;
  • Markers;
  • Zip ties;
  • Laminator.


For home:

  • Any craft supplies;
  • To extend the activity to the outdoors, encourage the students to go outside and collect materials (e.g., make a “We miss you!” sign out of sticks or leaves, or make a heart using rocks or sidewalk chalk).

Ideal learning environment

  • Long-term virtual learning
  • Short-term virtual learning
  • Summer break
  • Hybrid classroom
  • Traditional classroom

Pictures and/or videos of this health promotion practice being delivered​


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