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Spreading Joy
Students to hold sunny signs
McMinnville will receive a Sprinkling of Happiness next weekend. Students and teachers from two local schools will be downtown on Saturday from 10 to 11:30 a.m. holding signs of encouragement. Pictured are Savannah Winfree, left, and Emeri Cummings, who will be two of the happiness boosters.

Prepare for a sprinkling of happiness in downtown McMinnville next weekend.
Students and teachers from Eastside Elementary and Centertown Elementary schools will be poised to promote cheerfulness on Saturday, March 11 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. They will be standing on sidewalks holding signs of encouragement, reassurance, and inspiration.
According to Eastside counselor Shawn Palombo, the Student Advisory Committee has been working to improve school climate and is holding this outreach event.
“I’ve been trying to plan this for two years and now it is going to happen,” she said. “I first learned about it from the Counselors and Administrators Leadership Conference. It is just about spreading happiness, which this world needs more of today. We hope to sprinkle a huge amount of happiness in McMinnville.”
Dana Grissom, school counselor from Centertown, asked to join the effort. She will be bringing students and teachers from Centertown.
“The more the merrier,” said Palombo, of the joint effort. “Most of the students involved are part of our Move2Stand groups that began in Warren County two years ago. These students all work to help our schools have happier school climates.”
The effort is part of the Sprinkling Happiness Project. A group of people get together wearing bright yellow shirts. They gather at a busy spot in the town where they live. Members hold up happiness signs that say things like, “It’s Going to be All Right,” “Breathe,” “You are Loved,” “You Rock!,” “Be You,” “Sure, You Can!,” “You are all Beautiful,” “Live your Dream,” and “Life is Good.”
Sprinkling Happiness was created by Laura Lavigne, founder of the Anacortes Center for Happiness, who touts the effort as “crazy simple and crazy powerful.” She says just a sprinkle of happiness is enough to encourage people to smile, wave, honk, and join in the happiness effort.
The project, which started in May 2012, expects nothing of the people who pass but instead sends an expected burst of light, helping people tap into their own hope, strength and joy.
Anyone who wishes to help in the McMinnville Happiness Sprinkling is encouraged to do so. If you need a few words of encouragement, drive by from 10 to 11:30 a.m.