Members of a specialized class at Loudoun Valley High School, Positive Experiences in Educational Relationships (PEER), took an artistic approach to their goal of supporting fellow students emotionally, socially and academically by painting colorful and inspiring messages on the school’s bathroom stalls.

The project was first teased Aug. 2 when PEER tweeted, “Working on an exciting project!!” accompanied by a photo of three smiling students wielding paint rollers in one of the bathrooms.

The finished paintings were finally revealed Aug. 14. They include eye-catching patterns, nature-filled landscapes and even a recreation of the famous woodblock print “The Great Wave” by Japanese artist Hokusai. Some feature short-but-sweet messages such as “Smile more,” “Just keep swimming” and “Mind over matter.”

PEER is a county-wide program that trains students to reach out and assist others with individual or school-related issues including bullying, relationships, conflict resolution, substance use, mental health and special needs, among others. More information on PEER can be found at

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Certainly better than typical school bathroom stall graffiti.

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