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Positivity wall helps encourage community

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    Anyone in the community can come at any time to write a message on the positivity wall. ALAINA CLARKE/Staff
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    The messages on the positivity wall are to help those in the community who may feel down or lost. ALAINA CLARKE/Staff
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    Community members have written inspiring messages such as this one, encouraging others. ALAINA CLARKE/Staff
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    The positivity wall at the W.E. Knox Civic Center has messages of hope and encouragement attached to it. ALAINA CLARKE/Staff

A positivity wall outside of the W.E. Knox Civic Center is on display to encourage community members. Anyone can take advantage of the wall and write their own message of positivity to infuse hope in others.

Haley Watson, executive director of the Jones County/Gray Chamber of Commerce, said the positivity wall has hopefully helped a few in the community stay upbeat through everything going on. She said she enjoys reading the messages people write.

“The positivity wall is just to help create and spread positivity throughout our community,” she said.

“It’s something we saw another community doing, and with everything going on in 2020, we thought it would be a great idea for people to share positive quotes and positive things going on in their lives.”

She said the positivity wall is important for Jones County because people are going through hard times in the community. She said some people haven’t left their homes in months due to COVID-19, so the wall is to help them keep their spirits up.

“People are used to being able to go out and do things,” Watson said. “A lot of them are used to taking family vacations, and they haven’t done that this year. Their world has been turned upside down, so our community needs to know there is a light at the end of the tunnel, there are still good things to talk about, there are still things to celebrate, and there is hope.”

The executive director said the positivity wall stays outside of the W.E. Knox Civic Center at all times. She said the paper is laminated, and there are markers to write on it with. She said all people have to do is write their message, use a zip tie from the box, put the message on the wire with the zip tie, and return the marker to the box.

“We definitely want more people to take advantage of the positivity wall because not as many as we had hoped have done so,” the executive director said. “We know some people just aren’t coming out or are away for the summer, so we hope it will grow as the month goes on.”

Watson said she feels the positivity wall does have an effect on people. She said there is a lady in the community who walks by every morning and reads the messages. She said she hopes the wall gives the lady inspiration.

She said the positivity wall will stay up until the end of August, so people in the community still have a little more time to participate. She said they may do the positivity wall again in the future, but they aren’t sure yet.

“I like seeing what people are hopeful for and what they’re excited about,” Watson said. “Their words of encouragement are an inspiration to the community. There are people out there who are in the same boat as others, so those kinds of things are interesting to see and read.”