SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - We're just a handful of days into the new school year in Sioux Falls and one elementary school couldn't be more positive about life on campus. Anne Sullivan Elementary is decorating the walls with uplifting phrases and sayings in order to pump up the students.
Sanaya Dysart is excited to start fifth grade. While she says the school looks the same this year, the Anne Sullivan student has noticed several positive posters hanging around.
Dysart: Be bold, be brave, be you.
Matt Holsen: What do you think that means?
Dysart: Just be yourself and don't let anybody change you.
The decorations are all part of an effort to get kids to think highly of themselves and their friends.
From pop culture references to famous phrases, there are roughly 12 different spots around school that are engaging students' minds as they walk the halls.
"Really to encourage students and help them to see themselves as a positive student and helping them to feel encouraged and having that positive mindset and positive self-talk," Admin Intern Nikkie Duin said.
Dysart wants to be a leader and an artist when she grows up. Right now, she's most proud of her math skills.
"Because, well I am really good at it. Me and my dad do flash cards at home and he times me," Dysart said.
Teachers and administrators hope the positive posters add up to a great year for students here at Anne Sullivan.
"That's something, if you see it more, you're going to think it more and it's going to be more of who they are," Duin said.
Students at Anne Sullivan and others in the Sioux Falls School District are enjoying a short week this week and the next.
There is no school Friday and Monday for the Labor Day break.