BRUSH PRAIRIE — As a freshman, Kyah Hamsley and the other members of Prairie High School’s student-led Crimson Crew set their sights on creating a new tradition that would bring positivity and hope to the school’s 1,400 students.
Inspire Week, as the once-a-semester event has become known, is now part of the school’s applied psychology class taught by Dawn Rowe. During Inspire Week, students look for ways to be kind and encourage kindness for others. “The students come up with all the ideas and then they do it,” Rowe said. “I just coach them along the way.”
This semester’s events included giving out origami creations and bracelets with the words “inspire” and “you matter.” Crimson Crew spread positivity among staff by delivering flowers to food service employees, giving painted rocks to classified staff, offering gift cards and thank you notes to school counselors, and passing out bags of treats with inspirational quotes.
“I love choosing people and believing in them in a big way that makes them feel valued and seen by the student body,” Hamsley said. “We’re only here for four years, but they’re here for a really long time. I want to be one of the students that passes through here and makes them feel valued and appreciated.”