Isabella Line will always remember the words of her great-grandmother. “Can’t never did anything,” she’d tell Isabella, a junior at Mill Valley High School in Shawnee, Kansas. And now, Isabella is taking that advice and putting it to good use for the betterment of her school and the lives of her peers.
“That phrase reminds me that I can do something if I just put one foot in front of the other and prioritize what has to get done first, then second and so on,” said Isabella.
With her can-do attitude, Isabella is choosing to do something about a cause near to her heart: teen suicide and bullying. After one of her friends tried to take her own life, Isabella decided to establish a new kind of spirit week at Mill Valley—one aimed at shining a light on the good and positive.
Called Consider Kindness Week, the weeklong event was held in April with each of the five school days aimed at bringing hope and joy to Mill Valley students. Through activities such as writing encouraging words on Post-Its and sticking them to students’ lockers and allowing students to submit anonymous compliments to one another, Isabella helped to encourage the 1,300 students by letting them know their own worth and value.
“I’ve always been a big believer in teens building each other up rather than tearing one another down, and I’ve always been a cheerleader for the underdog,” said Isabella, who participates in the Mill Valley dance team, Mill Valley TV broadcasts and in the Mill Valley Outfitters organization. “My goal with Consider Kindness has been to encourage others to shine a light on the good stuff, hoping that encourages more acts of kindness so we see it repeated over and over and change the tide of our culture to be more considerate of one another and less divided.”