• Positive, uplifting messages on bathroom stalls welcome students Back 2 School

    By: Kristen Holloway


    DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ga. - When students get to one Douglas County school this morning, they will be surrounded by positive messages.

    Students at North Douglas Elementary School are starting the year with bold affirmations, and they are all painted on every bathroom stall door in the building.

    "To have these quotes on their stalls is going to help to encourage them to continue to believe in themselves and know they are worthy because they are, Principal Karna Kelly said.

    Artist Sharanda Wilburn, who has painted for Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and singer and actress Queen Latifah, painted all 48 stall doors in two weeks. 

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    From "You are going to change the world" in the boys' bathroom, to "Queens are leaders" in the girls bathroom--- Wilburn says she wanted to empower, encourage and motivate the young scholars. 

    "I think the bathroom starts with bullying and I think if they see something positive, it will uplift them," Wilburn said.

    The grant work for the art was coordinated through the Douglas County Cultural Arts Council. Principal Karna Kelly says she is excited her school was chosen to pilot the program.

    "Yes, it makes us unique and our scholars really deserve this. They deserve the best," Kelly said.



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