Stars of Hope are being hung all around Bay County

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - You may start to notice painted stars hanging around Bay County.

Stars of Hope is a therapeutic art program created after 9/11 by the New York Says Thank You Foundation which aims to bring hope to people who have experienced a natural or man-made disaster.

Last week, fifth graders in Bay District Schools painted stars with positive messages. Thursday morning, members from the Bay Arts Alliance hung stars around Southport.

"It's a wonderful thing for the community. The fifth graders, from the what the teachers have said, really enjoyed being able to pay it forward and help the community, because we really are all in this together we and want everyone to realize that everyone in Bay County was affected," Bay Arts Alliance Marketing Director Dixie Clough said.

The name of the child who made the star and the school he or she attends is listed on the back with a link to send a message of hope back to the participating schools. By this weekend, about 1,400 stars will be hung all over Bay County.