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High school student's 'Index Cards of Inspiration' spreads positivity in community

Every note serves as a written reminder that a little bit of kindness goes a long way.

Posted: Nov. 1, 2017 11:27 PM
Updated: Nov. 2, 2017 8:10 AM

VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) - Jamie Cuffle will be the first to tell you high school can be a challenge.

"You have to really figure out who you are in those years," she said, "and you have to figure out what you're doing in life, and there's just a lot of questions left unanswered."

Lately, within the past few weeks, Cuffle and her classmates at West Vigo High School were feeling the stress.

"Finals week was coming up and it was starting to get cold out," she said, "and I feel like school always starts to have an attitude shift."
In an attempt to lighten the mood, Cuffle set out to find a stack of index cards.

"I wrote down on some note cards positive messages like you're so helpful and I'm so happy to see you today," she said, "I knew the index cards were cheap and easily accessible, and I knew they were all the same size and uniform. They were just an easy way to make everyone equal."

Before class, Cuffle placed the note cards throughout the room on cubbies and computers.

"This made them all really happy and I knew that it was something that should be out in the open," she said.

It wasn't long before Jamie's Index Cards of Inspiration made its mark throughout the school. With more cards and volunteers, Cuffle's sweet notes could be found on every locker and mirror.

"One girl that I had never talked to in my entire life, I just seen her, smiled at her, in the hallway," she said, "and she had stopped me and she said I really needed this, and her card had said I appreciate you and she had a genuine smile on her face."

The cards, handwritten with uplifting messages, avoid highlighting physical features.

"I didn't want any of the compliments to be about appearance because I feel like those are too mainstream anymore," Cuffle said, "I enjoy what you're doing, you're talented, I appreciate you, those kinds of compliments you know they go to the heart."

Whether you view it as a quick pick me up before class or a boost of confidence to make it through your day, Cuffle wants her peers and teachers to know every word is genuine.

"To see people smiling, even if they didn't know it was me, just to see them read it," she said, "You know, it might be the only thing they hear."

Every note serves as a written reminder that a little bit of kindness goes a long way.

"Anyone can do this. It only takes one person to make a change and anyone can change the world," she said, "I know I'm just a small drop in the ocean, but you know, a little drop can make a big wave."

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