Sixth-graders in Nancy Palsgrove and Kim Schroeder's classes at Hayes Intermediate School are making a fashion statement.

Sixth-graders in Nancy Palsgrove and Kim Schroeder's classes at Hayes Intermediate School are making a fashion statement.

Each student now has a T-shirt emblazoned with an iron-on transfer featuring the image he or she created to go with a personal motto they selected.

"We thought this would be a great way to encourage the kids to help create a good culture and climate at our school and to try to develop a positive attitude in school," Palsgrove said.

Palsgrove and Schroeder are paired as one of the school's sixth-grade teams, and try to come up with a different project for the students each year.

By choosing their own motto and visual symbol, "The students are picking something which they can take personal ownership in and say, 'This is what I stand for,' " Palsgrove said.

Students wrote about why they chose their motto and what it means to them personally.

Parents donated the iron-on transfers and came to school to iron them on, Palsgrove said.

The mottos "help you get pumped up for school," said sixth-grader Haley Kumfer, who chose a motto promoting tenacity.

"I'm the type of person who is not going to give up on something, especially if I put my mind to it," she said.

Darren McDonald chose a motto expressing the need to work hard for success.

"I'm always trying to work hard and get better at school," McDonald said. "I'm always up and at 'em."

Lily Tyler's motto is, "Nothing is impossible because the word itself says I'm possible."

"I picked it because I thought it was creative and it fits me," she said. "If I'm facing a difficult challenge, I can think about my motto and say to myself, 'I can do this.' "

Sam Higgins picked a motto that says, "As long as you do something right, the luckier you'll be."

"When I get up and wonder if it's going to be a good day or a bad day, I know if I do the right thing, it's going to be a good day," he said.

All four agreed the motto project was fun.

"It was neat to get to come up with our own motto and our own ideas for a design," Higgins said. "It was spectacular."

"Every time I'm facing something like a test or a problem, I'm going to think of my motto," Tyler said.

"It can help us not only in school, but all through life," McDonald said.