Nearly every day for the past few years, students arriving at Staples High and Westport’s 2 middle schools have been welcomed by “Happy Birthday” signs. Parents rent them — and choose an appropriate character or theme — on their kids’ big days.
This week, the messages are different. At Staples, a Valentine’s heart tells students: “You Are All Loved.”
“You All Matter” greets Coleytowners. At Bedford, it’s “You Are All Important.”
The idea came from a group of parents. At a tough time — following the suicides of a Staples teacher and student — they want our kids to know how much they are cared for.
They didn’t have to pay. Critter Cards — the company that supplies the birthday billboards — donated them.
It’s a small gesture. But the smiles this week — from students and staff members alike — have been big.