Feeling mad, frustrated, nervous, or just want some words of encouragement to get you through the day? A group of kindergartners from West Side Elementary School in Healdsburg, California, have your back.
The students worked with art teacher Jessica Martin and artist Asherah Weiss to create their “Peptoc” art project. The first part were colorful flyers and posters of happy drawings and encouraging messages that they hung around the town, but the second part of the project has gone viral.
They created a free hotline that you can call when you’re feeling down. The students voices are at the other end, greeting you and giving you different options to choose from:
“Please listen to the following options for encouraging messages. If you’re feeling mad, frustrated, or nervous, press 1. If you need words of encouragement and life advice, press 2. If you need a pep talk from kindergarteners, press 3. If you need to hear kids laughing with delight, press 4. If you would like to make a donation to support this project, please press 6. For encouragement in Spanish, press 5.”
The positive words from these young students are a bright light during tough times.
“There’s a pretty clear reason why this is so popular. We’re in a very broken world right now and we need to hear this, from children especially,” Ms. Martin told Good Morning America.
Martin began receiving feedback from people all over the world, expressing their gratitude for the kindergarteners and their kind words.
She heard from cancer patients receiving chemotherapy, a lady whose mother was just diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, and many more people who Peptoc has touched.
Martin hopes this experience will be something these students carry with them through their lives, and will prevent them from ever feeling “helpless in a dark world.”
At first, the hotline was getting 500 calls an hour, and now they are getting 5,000 calls each hour. While it cost money to keep the hotline going, the president of the hotline service donated a million minutes to the project, which will keep the hotline going until at least the end of next week.
But Martin hopes Peptoc can keep going for months or years and is now raising funds online to keep it going.
If you need words of encouragement, call the Peptoc hotline at 707-998-8410.Whizzco