Steps to HOPE encouraging happiness and positivity

Published 12:02 pm Thursday, November 21, 2019

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For the month of November, Steps to HOPE has placed bulletin boards at Polk County High School, Polk County Middle School, Landrum High School and Landrum Middle School. Using very trendy “stickers”, the boards are encouraging happiness, positivity and good behavior.


The phrase, “& that’s the tea, sis” is simply a way to conclude telling someone some gossip or “tea” (as in, “spill the tea”). It can be said to any gender despite the word ‘sis’. The stickers can be photos or memes on social media as well as actual physical stickers that people put on their water bottles, laptops, notebooks, etc… 

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Steps to HOPE strives to meet students where they are and promote kindness, inclusion and an overall positive outlook. The current boards are using an in-the-moment way to do just that and we even included our own custom sticker in the bottom left corner that says “break the chain of abuse”. The idea for the sticker board came from Eleanor Culbreth, a student at Landrum High School. 


Steps to HOPE places bulletin boards in area middle and high schools each month of the school year as community outreach and to encourage students. The goal is to provide a positive message to students and staff and to give contact information for anyone who might need services from Steps to HOPE, the domestic violence and sexual assault shelter and victim advocacy center located in Columbus serving and Polk County, NC and Upstate SC. If you or someone you know is being abused, please call 828-894-2340. 


The cost of paper, ink, and other tools necessary for this program are on the rise. If you would like to contribute to this or any of our many programs, offer suggestions for future bulletin boards, or to become a volunteer at Steps to HOPE, please call 828-894-2340. 


Submitted by Paula Ravan