The art department paints signs to hang in the hallways at school. Some of these signs promote school pride. Some cheer on the sports teams. Others are simply inspirational works to foster positive attitudes and to provide motivation.
On the wall directly opposite my classroom door hangs one such sign.
Students swelter in my stuffy classroom where temperatures hover between 85 and 95 degrees (no, we don’t have air conditioning) and for an hour struggle with geometry or statistics problems. Finally, the bell sounds. BBRRRRIIIINNNNNNG!!! As students gather their belongings and scramble to beat each other out the door, an uplifting message awaits their exit.