They say great minds think alike. That was the case with Carmel Elementary teacher Traci Kuykendall, and Carmel PTA presidents Rebe Preston and Brittney Perez.
Kuykendall, inspired by a viral video, started a campaign to revitalize the school’s bathrooms. She wasn’t aware that at the same time Preston and Perez had the same idea.
The three women got together with a group of school administrators, teachers, parents and PTA members with the goal of changing the attitudes of Carmel students in the least likeliest of places – the bathrooms.
A week before school started, and with permission from Principal Paula Crumbley, the volunteers started working on transforming the bathroom stall doors with positive messages of encouragement. The bathrooms were unveiled at the school’s meet-and-greet July 30, and students and parents were able to see the results of the creative project.
The staff and teachers of Carmel Elementary have developed a strong relationship with the school’s PTA. A special thanks goes out to the following PTA volunteers (along with some of their kids) who helped with this project: Rebecca (Rebe) Preston, Brittney Perez, Jamie McManus Sanderson, Shannon Overby, Lori Lavalle, Gillian Mims, Stacey Stockton, Staci Powell, Sudie Hector, Chevin Terrado, Charlotte Machielsen, Keisha Dixon, Stacy Franks and Shawna Powell. Thank you, also, to all the Carmel Elementary teachers who gave their time and creativity to make this project a success.
– Carmel Elementary School PTA