Norfolk Collegiate Spreading Light and Love with You Matter Marathon

When Lower School Counselor Jan Weintraub saw an opportunity to bring the You Matter Marathon to campus during the holiday season, she seized it.

The project was the brainchild of Cheryl Rice in 2016 and aims to create and enrich positive connections between people and within communities. The project encourages supporters to share business card-sized notes that read “You Matter” with friends, families or strangers. Currently, 70,549 people representing 70 countries throughout the world have distributed 500,000 cards with the goal of sharing 25 million cards by 2025.

Lower school students are making a great dent in that number! Each student was given five You Matter cards, one to keep and four to give to anyone who might need a pick-me-up. Today, the lower school has shared 3,000 cards—many of which having been shared with the broader Hampton Roads community.

“My winter lessons are all about gratitude and kindness,” said Weintraub. “I wanted to start a kindness contagion. We’re always conscious of telling students ‘you matter.’ Now, they get to spread that love beyond our walls.”