PostSecret... What's that? According to our friends at Wikipedia, it's "an ongoing community mail art project in which people mail their secrets anonymously on one side of a homemade postcard." Since it started in 2004, it's been a phenomenal success, both as a book and as a blog. Now, it's coming to Casa! =) A senior journalism student at Casa named Anna is interested in starting a new project for the class and a new page for the Gaucho Gazette modeled after PostSecret.
Anna explains the background and what she has in mind: "PostSecret was an idea for a community art project started in 2004. Thousands of postcards were passed out that had simple directions on the back. The postcards basically said to write a secret on the back of the postcard that was true and that had never been shared with anyone before, and then to send it to the address written on the postcard. After passing out these postcards for two weeks, filled out postcards began to return. So many came in that Warren began compiling books of them. Some had simply-written secrets, some were elaborately decorated. The first postcard he received was actually a shopping list with a secret scrawled in tiny handwriting in the corner. Secrets ranged from pet peeves to confessions of despair, embarrassment, and betrayal. PostSecret is still going today; www.postsecret.com has new postcards every week. I'd like to begin Postsecret at Casa. I'm hoping to get a good enough response that I'll be able to publish some in the school newspaper, with 2,000 students and teachers I'm sure there will be. I've made a new postcard with instructions similar to the original that I'm hoping to pass out to all students at Casa Grande. Instead of mailing them, I'd like the postcards to be deposited anonymously in the PostSecret box that will be on a counter in the library (this is written on the postcards). The rules are simple and on the postcards. What I need English teachers to do is simply distribute the postcards to all of their students who are interested. Reiterate that any secret can be submitted, as long as it is true and has never been told to anyone before. Also make sure to remind them that creativity is encouraged. I'll also be passing out postcards at break and lunch and leaving piles in classrooms and the library, so if any student needs more than one they can find postcards all over campus. The journalism staff will, of course, exercise discretion in terms of what is published. If you have any questions contact Ms. Gay Robbins or me, Anna P."
The Library is proud to be supporting Anna in her endeavors and have out fingers tightly crossed for the success of the Casa Grande PostSecret Project. Check back for updates, and CLICK HERE TO SEE PICS OF THE POSTSECRET PROJECT.