NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ -  Members of Girl Scout Troop 40140 took inspiration for their ‘”Take Action” project for their Cadette Journey from a viral trend showing up on Facebook – painting inspirational quotes on bathroom stall doors at Allen W. Roberts School.

The troop discovered students in schools across the country picked up their paint brushes and began adding inspirational graffiti to their bathrooms and thought it might make a good Take Action project for them. They found inspiration in the designs and effort put in by students at one particular school, Warren Middle School in Forney, Texas, and decided to undertake a similar project in New Providence.

For those wondering, why a bathroom, take a moment to think about it. For sure, school bathrooms aren’t exactly known as examples of outstanding interior design. What they are, however, is a place that youngsters often use to get away from a bully and hide out and maybe even cry for a while and, sometimes, a place where bullies can find a victim. This Girl Scout Journey lesson is about navigating through the world of friendships and the quotes painted on the stall doors are meant to uplift those who are down and inspire those about to be mean to make a change. It also doesn’t hurt that the Scouts gave the bathrooms a much-needed visual refresh. 

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The project began with the prepping the stalls after school, before the February break. The official painting began on Tuesday, Feb. 19, while the school was closed for break.

For this project the girls began with researching inspirational, motivational and uplifting quotes. The Scouts created a list of quotes, filtered it into a manageable number and put the remaining quotes into a Google survey. All 20 girls, their parents, fifth and sixth grade teachers, the school guidance counselor, PTA board, principal, assistant principal and administrative assistants received the survey and voted for their favorite quotes for the stalls. Once the votes were in, the design process began.

The girls decided fonts, graphics and color themes for the four girls’ room doors and two boys’ room doors in the bathrooms near the fifth and sixth grade homerooms.

They began by sanding and cleaning stall doors, then painted a chalkboard black base coat, then painted on the quotes and designs.

Troop, 40140 is a busy troop. It organized last year's New Providence clean up and Earthfest. This year the troop is made up of 19 girls from Allen W. Roberts and one from Salt Brook schools. They are first year Cadettes, who are Girl Scouts in sixth through eighth grades. This "take action project" is the prelude to their Silver Award project, which they will work on over the next two years.