Rio Vista write thankful notes in honor of International Day of Happiness
From left to right, Rio Vista Elementary School fourth grade students Parys Taylor, 9, Aaliyah Torres, 10, and Zariah Bevel, 10, hold up their grateful notes in front of the school’s Happiness Wall to Rio Vista as part of the International Day of Happiness on Tuesday, March 20, 2018. Christina Cox/The Signal
By Christina Cox
Tuesday, March 20th, 2018

Dozens of yellow smiley faces covered a wall full of bright colors and balloons at Rio Vista Elementary School Tuesday.

The “Happiness Wall” encouraged students and staff members to write down what they were grateful for or what brought them happiness as part of the elementary school’s celebration of the International Day of Happiness.

“They are writing little letters saying what they are happy for,” PTA President Mullaney Phelps said. “We’re trying to make it an annual thing because we should have a day dedicated to being happy and grateful. There are so many things going on so it’s nice to take time to remember what we’re grateful for.”

Handwritten messages from students included thankful notes about everything from dogs and hamsters to family, friends and food.

The school decided to bring the Happiness Wall to its campus after two parents and Live Happy Ambassadors Jeff and Tammy Golf, who put up a similar Happiness Wall at the Westfield Valencia Town Center last year.

From left to right, Rio Vista Elementary School parents and Live Happy Ambassadors Jeff Golf and Tammy Golf helped bring the Happiness Wall to Rio Vista as part of the International Day of Happiness on Tuesday, March 20, 2018. Christina Cox/The Signal

“Two of our parents asked if we’d be willing to put a wall at our school,” Rio Vista Principal Gina Nolte said. “It was a labor of love from everyone to put up the wall. The campus supervisors cut out the smiles and the office staff created the hashtag posts.”

In July 2012, the United Nations General Assembly declared March 20 International Day of Happiness in order to recognize the “relevance of happiness and well-being as universal goals and aspirations in the lives of human beings around the world and the importance of their recognition in public policy objectives.”

Today, the International Day of Happiness aims to improve the well-being of all people by celebrating generosity of spirit and instilling positive character traits like kindness, compassion and perseverance.

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Christina Cox

Christina Cox

Christina Cox is a multimedia journalist covering education, community and breaking news in the Santa Clarita Valley. She joined The Signal as a staff writer in August 2016.

From left to right, Rio Vista Elementary School fourth grade students Parys Taylor, 9, Aaliyah Torres, 10, and Zariah Bevel, 10, hold up their grateful notes in front of the school’s Happiness Wall to Rio Vista as part of the International Day of Happiness on Tuesday, March 20, 2018. Christina Cox/The Signal

Rio Vista write thankful notes in honor of International Day of Happiness

Dozens of yellow smiley faces covered a wall full of bright colors and balloons at Rio Vista Elementary School Tuesday.

The “Happiness Wall” encouraged students and staff members to write down what they were grateful for or what brought them happiness as part of the elementary school’s celebration of the International Day of Happiness.

“They are writing little letters saying what they are happy for,” PTA President Mullaney Phelps said. “We’re trying to make it an annual thing because we should have a day dedicated to being happy and grateful. There are so many things going on so it’s nice to take time to remember what we’re grateful for.”

Handwritten messages from students included thankful notes about everything from dogs and hamsters to family, friends and food.

The school decided to bring the Happiness Wall to its campus after two parents and Live Happy Ambassadors Jeff and Tammy Golf, who put up a similar Happiness Wall at the Westfield Valencia Town Center last year.

From left to right, Rio Vista Elementary School parents and Live Happy Ambassadors Jeff Golf and Tammy Golf helped bring the Happiness Wall to Rio Vista as part of the International Day of Happiness on Tuesday, March 20, 2018. Christina Cox/The Signal

“Two of our parents asked if we’d be willing to put a wall at our school,” Rio Vista Principal Gina Nolte said. “It was a labor of love from everyone to put up the wall. The campus supervisors cut out the smiles and the office staff created the hashtag posts.”

In July 2012, the United Nations General Assembly declared March 20 International Day of Happiness in order to recognize the “relevance of happiness and well-being as universal goals and aspirations in the lives of human beings around the world and the importance of their recognition in public policy objectives.”

Today, the International Day of Happiness aims to improve the well-being of all people by celebrating generosity of spirit and instilling positive character traits like kindness, compassion and perseverance.

ccox@signalscv.com
661-287-5575
On Twitter as @_ChristinaCox_

About the author

Christina Cox

Christina Cox

Christina Cox is a multimedia journalist covering education, community and breaking news in the Santa Clarita Valley. She joined The Signal as a staff writer in August 2016.