Bethlehem Central Middle School students got a Valentine’s surprise today, courtesy of five Patroon 1 students. Sixth graders Alex Schalk, Mirella Albrecht, Isabella Chirkis, Niccola Alas, and Madeline Duffy, with the help of Mrs. Neri, Ms. Marcucci, Ms. Oullette and Ms. Weiss (and the permission of Interim Principal Doemel), they decorated the entire school with a heart-shaped Valentine’s Day message on every locker — more than 1,000 messages.
The group worked after school to help craft the messages and to decorate the hallways with their Valentines. Their mission was to send positive messages throughout the school on a day when some students might be feeling left out.
Among the messages students found on their lockers were: “I believe in you;” “Life doesn’t have to be perfect to be wonderful;” “There are so many reasons to be happy;” and “Find joy in the ordinary.”