Signs of love and inspiration

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Residents of Los Lunas were the recipients of Valentine’s Day wishes and messages of love as they made their way up and down Main Street on Thursday.

Deborah Fox-News-Bulletin photo: School of Dreams Academy language arts teacher, Kim Berlat, left, inspired sophomore students, Emily Persinger, center, and Jordan Brasher, right, to post Valentine’s Day messages along Main Street in Los Lunas and spread positive cheer and messages of love.

Large Valentine hearts were posted along the busy thoroughfare with messages such as, “Honk if you love someone,” “Honk if someone loves you” and “Where there is love there is life?”

Some of the large signs were set up where people could sign their names, and some smaller signs were posted at the library and at other public venues.

It was a spirited attempt to show love for the community by three sophomores at the School of Dreams Academy — Jordan Brasher, Emily Persinger and Allie Hefner.

The students were inspired by their language arts teacher, Kim Berlat, who suggested the project in order for students to interact with the community in a non-typical, expressive way, Berlat said.

“One of the things that was important to us when we talked about it was the power of words,” Berlat said. “There’s not going to be any way for us to know if this inspired anybody in any way, but the idea was to put positive messages on the hearts.”

Some of the expressions didn’t necessarily have anything to do with Valentine’s Day, but they were all meant to lift the spirits of the community.

“It is just a fun thing to do, just because,” said Persinger. “We just want to put a positive message into the community.”

It is a way to embrace the community and spread a good feeling.

“There’s no expectation of getting anything back,” Berlat said. “It’s just a giving thing.”

They’re hope was to make people’s day, the girls said.

The students made the signs during their study hall class, and Berlat drove them around to post them up west of Interstate 25 and down to the “Y” in Los Lunas.

“I think this is a good idea,” said Brasher.

The girls took photographs while they hung the hearts, and Persinger is making a collage to put on the classroom’s page on the school’s website.


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