MORRISTOWN, NJ - Morristown High School freshman will be receiving something other than cromebooks, text books and grades this year. Sophomore Julia Kubin will be introducing the Peyton Heart Project to the Morristown student body through Kubin's school sponsored club.
The Peyton Heart Project is helping to give a voice to those who suffer in silence from depression and suicidal thoughts. A 13 year old boy named Peyton, who loved singing, telling stories and playing video games died by suicide in 2014 after years of bullying.
"We are going to come up with a way to hand out a heart from The Peyton Heart Project to EVERY incoming freshman at my school", wrote Kubin on her Sidewalk Smiles Facebook post. "I hope to be able to do this every year, even after I graduate. The reasons for this are pretty simple. I want every student who comes to my school to know that there are kids there who will always have their back. They need to know that they are not alone and that they can join my club and be surrounded by kids who will accept them for who they are. What I would like is for these Peyton hearts to be symbols of friendship and acceptance. Most importantly, I want these students to know that their lives matter and that they are not alone".
With a very large freshman class, Kubin is asking for help crocheting or knitting the hearts. Kubin is requesting that maroon and white be used for the hearts because those are the colors of Morristown High School.
If you are interested in making the hearts, click here for specific instructions. Hearts will need to be completed by November 15.