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Devils Lake student leaves hundreds of uplifting notes for classmates

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Devils Lake, ND (WDAZ TV) - With nothing but sticky notes, a pen, and determination, a Devils Lake teen is on a mission.

After a fellow Devils Lake High School student committed suicide, one of his classmates made it her mission to help lift the spirits of her peers and remind them that they're loved and supported.

Desi Frith/Devils Lake Student: “If they are going through something hard, and then they see one of them, it shows that somebody cares.”

That somebody is Desi Frith.      

She says, “I got a bunch of sticky notes, and I started putting them up the first week of school, and then I do it once a week.”

Frith was affected by the death of classmate Kristopher Curtis, just days before the 2014-2015 school year began. She didn't know him well, but she wished she could have helped.

Frith says, “He seemed down and I never said anything, and so I felt really bad about that.”

Now, to help others, she spends an hour and a half after school each week, writing hundreds of heartfelt messages to fellow students.

Messages like, “Stay strong. Never give up. You can make it in this world. You belong here.”

Leaving them on lockers, taped to walls, anywhere someone might see them.

Frith says she's not doing this for any type of recognition. In fact she doesn't even care if students know who's leaving the notes. She just hopes that her messages leave a positive impact on her fellow students.

She says, “As long as it was making them happy in their day that's all that mattered.”

Students have thanked Desi; her kind words brightening their lives. Besides reminding students that they should be proud of themselves, she also wants them to know that someone is in their corner if they need help.

Frith, a junior at Devils Lake High School, says she plans to keep writing messages for her fellow students until she graduates.

Adam Ladwig

Adam Ladwig joined WDAZ as the Devils Lake bureau reporter in January, 2012. Prior to that he reported for KDUH-TV in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. Adam has won multiple awards during his time at WDAZ, including an Eric Sevareid award and a Regional Emmy Award as part of team coverage during the search for Anthony Kuznia.  A Colorado native, Adam graduated from the University of Colorado with a degree in Journalism. He misses the Rocky Mountains, but the kind people of North Dakota more than make up for that. He is thrilled to be in the Lake Region, telling stories that matter. In his spare time, Adam is usually futilely attempting to get in shape, or cheering for his beloved Denver Broncos.