MADAM C.J. WALKER (December 23, 1867 – May 25, 1919) was an African American entrepreneur who made her fortune through haircair products and cosmetics. She is recorded as the first female self-made millionaire in America.
GARRETT MORGAN (March 4, 1877 – July 27, 1963) was an American inventor. His most notable inventions are the traffic signal and the gas mask.
BENJAMIN OLIVER DAVIS, JR. (December 18, 1912 – July 4, 2002) was a commander of the World War II Tuskegee Airmen. He was the first African-American brigadier general in the US Military.
ALEXANDER MILES (May 18, 1838 – May 7, 1918) was an African American inventor and businessman. He is best known for his patent for automatically opening and closing elevator doors.
BESSIE COLEMAN ( january 26, 1892 – April 30, 1926) was an early American civil aviator. She was the first African American woman and first Native American to hold a pilot license.
A full nine months before Rosa Parks's famous act of civil disobedience, 15-year-old CLAUDETTE COLVIN was arrested on March 2, 1955 for refusing to give up her seat on a segregated Montgomery, Alabama bus.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968)
MAYA ANGELOU (April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014)
JACKIE ROBINSON (January 31, 1919 – October 24, 1972)
ALICE COACHMAN (November 9, 1923 – July 14, 2014) was an American athlete. She was the first African American woman to win an Olympic gold medal.
SHIRLEY CHISHOLM (November 30, 1924 – January 1, 2005) became the first black woman to be elected to the United States Congress in1968.
PATRICIA BATH (November 4, 1942 – May 30, 2019) was an American ophthalmologist. She invented a device for laser cataract surgery.
DR. PERCY JULIAN (April 11, 1899 – April 19, 1975) was a pioneer in the chemical synthesis of medicinal drugs from plants. He was one of the first African Americans to receive a doctorate in chemistry.
GWYENDOLYN BROOKS (June 7, 1917 – December 3, 2000) was an American poet, author, and teacher. She was the first African American to receive a Pulitzer Prize.
HARRIETT TUBMAN (March 1822 – March 10, 1913) Born into slavery, Tubman escaped and rescued approximately 70 slaves through the Underground Railroad.
JANE BOLIN (April 11, 1908 – January 8, 2007) became the first black woman to serve as a judge in the United States.
JESSE OWENS (September 12, 1913 – March 31, 1980) was an American track and field athlete who won four gold medals at the 1936 Olympic Games.
KAMALA HARRIS is the 49th and current vice president of the United States. She is the first female vice president as well as the first African American and first Asian American vice president in U.S. history,
MAE JEMISON is an American engineer, physician, and former NASA astronaut. She is the first black woman to travel into space.
RUBY BRIDGES was the first African American to attend an all-white school. In 1960, at only six years old, she courageously took the first steps towards desegragation.
MARIE VAN BRITTAN BROWN (October 30, 1922 – February 2, 1999) was an American nurse and innovator. In 1966, she invented the first video home security system.
MARK E. DEAN is an American inventor and computer engineer. He is the co-creator of the IBM personal computer.
NELSON MANDELA (July 18, 1918 –December 5, 2013) was a former president of South Africa who helped end apartheid and fought for human rights around the world.
DR. REBECCA LEE CRUMPLER (February 8, 1831 – March 9, 1895) was the first female African American to become a medical doctor in the United States.
THURGOOD MARSHALL (July 2, 1908 – January 24, 1993) was the first African American Justice on the United States Supreme Court.
ROSA PARKS (February 4, 1913 – October 24, 2005)
Thank you to our wonderful PTA for the fabulous soup lunch!
MS. ALLEN'S class had great behavior in the computer lab!
Thank you to BENJAMIN WARARI for being very helpful to Mrs. Pitts in the computer lab!
Congratulations to AJ Combs, Russom Elementary Character Education Winner for 2022-2023!
Congratulations to Jill Krivanek (1st Place) and Adriana Lerebours (Runner Up) !
Hi everyone! I am a 7th grader that used to go here and i hope all of you have a good year!
Be kind. It doesn't take much to make someone's day brighter.
The smallest act of kindess is worth more than the grandest intention.
“Strength lies in differences, not in similarities.” – Stephen Covey
I’m thankful for all the kids my classes! Proud of Ms. Allen’s, Mrs. Davis’, and Mrs. Ridge’s class! Y’all are the best!
Thank you, Veterans!
We love our school psychologists!
Thank you to the most fabulous staff for your thoughts and well wishes. You all are the best! - Mrs. Pitts
Thank you, PRINCE FILS-AIME, for being so kind to others wherever you are! Kindness Matters More than You Think!

Thank you, LISA WRAY, for all you do and for the wonderful hugs!
Happy National Boss's Day to DR. BELL, MRS, GASSETT, AND MR. SCHULARICK!
Be kind to others and treat them they way you would want to be treated. We all need a little kindness!
Thank you to Mrs. Mierzwiak's class for being so awesome and kind!!
Thank you to our transportation workers!
We love our Russom Cafe ladies!
We love our custodians!
Thank you to MRS. MIERZWIAK, RUBYANN, and ALLYSON for their sharing and kindness!
Thank you to LAKELYNN SHAVER for helping clean and organize the guidance office toys!
Positive Mindsets are important for success. Be an Optimist!
Thank you Mikah Jones for your kindness and good manners!
Thank you to Mr. Cedric for your kindness and caring for our building and our students!
Mrs. Mierzwiak loves her students for working so hard and following the three R's!
Great job to CHARIS and CARSON for using excellent communication skills!
HONESTY - Truthfulness and sincerity; free from deception
PUNCTUALITY - Being on time for attendance and tasks
PERSEVERANCE - Working hard without giving up
GENEROSITY - Unselfish willingness to give and share your time and talents in your community
FAIRNESS - Correct, proper, and reasonable treatment of behavior
Thank you to COACH WILLIAMS for being a good friend!
COURTESY - polite, civil, and courteous behavior towards others in words and action
SCHOOL PRIDE - Playing a contributing role in maintaining and improving all aspects of a school's environment
PATRIOTISM - Love of one’s country
Phone App Install Feature
Currently, YouUplift does not have an app located in the App Store. However, the following link provides simple instructions on how to easily turn your Kindness eWall into a homepage app for any mobile device: Phone App Install Instructions
(Great tech assignment for students!)
Website Embed Feature
This feature provides your Tech Team with a simple line of code that would allow you to embed your Rotating Display of Positive Messages into your school website, so that visitors can instantly see your messages.
Social Media Share Feature
This feature places Social Media Share Buttons on your entire Kindness e-Wall webpage or just on your Rotating Display only – whichever you prefer.
Yes! There are no Sign-Ups and no Log-Ins required in order to participate, as we collect no data or information of any kind. The platform is currently being used by large and small school systems throughout the country in almost all 50 states, and it has passed 100% of all school privacy regulations to date.
Yes! You can have all messages sent to as many faculty email inboxes as you’d like for Approval, and we can change or add to this list at any time.
Yes! Many of our schools do this, because if your students take to it – then the messages can begin to overflow your school email inbox at times. Not only will a separate gmail account prevent this from happening, but you can also make it accessible to all faculty members if you choose to.
You can choose one of three ways to display your messages onto a facility TV monitor.
  1. HDMI CORD – Some schools will access their Kindness eWall on a laptop and run an HDMI cord to their TV monitor.
  2. CAST – Some schools will access their Kindness eWall via a tablet or device and will cast it to their TV monitor via a Chromecast or Apple TV device.
  3. SMART TV WITH INTERNET BROWSER – If your Smart TV has an Internet Browser (Samsungs), then you can place your Kindness eWall link in the browser and it will run from there.
Yes! You can edit the text of any message before Approving it. In addition, if you’d like to keep a message but would like to remove an included image… or if you’d like to keep an image and remove the text, then you can do this before Approving the message. Your Rotating Display will only display exactly what you choose to make visible.
You will have a back office ADMIN PANEL that will allow you to delete, edit, and approve messages (individually or in bulk).
You will have a back office ADMIN PANEL that will allow you to customize your colors, logo, title, and font size.
Upon your request, we can replace your current Anonymous Submission Form with a Form from your school’s email system (ex. Google Form). This makes messages come to you with the author’s email address included, and you simply COPY/PASTE the message onto your INSTANT POST Page in order to make it live.
(Note: Because messages are submitted through your school’s email system, the Kindness eWall collects no data or information – making it fall within all school privacy regulations.)
We can provide your Tech Team with a simple line of code that will allow them to embed your Rotating Display of Approved Messages onto your school website, so that they are visibly scrolling whenever anyone comes to your site.
The system is set to display the 100 most recently Approved messages, as older messages start falling out of the rotation in order to make room for the newer messages. However, we can increase or decrease this number to be whatever you’d like it to be.
Your subscription includes an unlimited number of messages and an unlimited number of displays for everyone in your school for the entire length of your subscription.
Yes and No. Your Kindness Wall is a web app, but it is not located in an App store. However, this link shows you how you can easily turn your Kindness Wall into an app for any android or apple device: Phone Web App Instructions