Feel bad? Call this number and get a kindergarten pep talk

HEALDSBURG, Calif., (KLFY) — War, disease, inflation — it’s safe to say the 2020s are a troubling time, but a California elementary school has set up a hotline using kindergartens to cheer you up.

Call (707) 998-8410.

When you do, you will reach a special art project called “Peptoc Hotline” created by students of West Side Elementary School in Healdsburg, California.

The line, which is a simple telephone tree, includes the following options:

  • Press 1: “If you feel angry, frustrated or nervous”
  • Press 2: “If you need words of encouragement and life advice”
  • Press 3: “If you need a kindergarten pep talk”
  • Press 4: “If you need to hear children laugh with pleasure”
  • Press 5: “For encouragement in Spanish”
  • Press 6: “If you want to make a donation to support this project”

“If you’re nervous, get your wallet and spend it on ice cream and shoes!” suggests a student.

“If you’re crazy or frustrated you can do whatever you want to do better or you can do flips on the trampoline,” another offers.

“We already love you! shout a group of children.

Mashable reports that Peptoc’s free service only has 1 million minutes offered by Telzio, their hotline provider. With caller numbers ranging from 3,000 to 5,000 per day, according to Mashable and CNN, those minutes could go by quickly. If you want to support the line, you can donate on their GoFundMe Where directly on the school website.

“With the massive volume of calls to the hotline, we had to raise $800 a DAY to cover hotline costs,” says GoFundMe. “Fortunately, the helpline company, Telzio, offered us a million free minutes and a reduced rate as a referral. However, this will only last a few weeks at the rate of current daily calls.

Peptoc was created with student recordings by the artist Jessica Martinnotand educator Asherah Weiss, based on an idea by Martin’s 6-year-old son, according to CNN.


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