Canfield schools repaint restrooms with empowering messages

By Billy Ludt


Canfield schools’ Parent Teacher Organization enlisted a group of volunteers and an artistically-inclined mother to give a couple of middle-school restrooms a new paint job.

The walls and stalls in girls’ rest-rooms at Canfield Middle School were repainted during Thanksgiving break. Samantha Nappo, a second-grade teacher at Girard Elementary School whose three daughters attend Canfield schools, wrote empowering phrases and painted mirrors, palm trees and one big pineapple in the restrooms.

“This is the ultimate love letter I can give my daughters,” Nappo said.

The idea to repaint the restrooms came after Michelle Napolitano, a teacher at CMS, read in Southern Living Magazine about teachers down south who had done the same.

“You just realize how powerful it is for them to see that,” Napolitano said. “The time was taken to consider them and allow them to have a nice restroom. It was exciting to see.”

Each illustrated mirror has an inspiring message, as do the walls and stalls.

Principal Judd Rubin said middle school is noted as a student’s most stressful time in school.

“Kids aren’t able to articulate the stressors they have,” Rubin said. “We just wanted to appeal to that research against the negative things they might see, that they’ll see positives too.”

The school has plans to finish the girls’ restrooms, and will possibly talk about painting the boys’ bathrooms over the summer.

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