Need a Pep Talk? Call the Free Peptoc Hotline & Get Encouragement from a Kindergartener!

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The Peptoc Hotline is here for you with wise words from grade schoolers. ❤️

In a world full of ups and downs, everyone could use an extra reason to smile from time to time.

For those moments when you feel like you need some additional moral support, consider turning to the Peptoc Hotline for a free virtual pick-me-up!

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The Peptoc Hotline was created by two artists in partnership with the students of West Side Elementary School in Healdsburg, CA. When you call 707-8PEPTOC (707-873-7862), you’ll be greeted with the following menu of options:

  • Press 1 if you’re frustrated.
  • Press 2 for life advice.
  • Press 3 for a kindergarten pep talk.
  • Press 4 to hear children laughing with delight.
  • Press 5 for pep talks in Spanish.
  • Press 6 to hear how awesome you look.
  • Press 7 for bonus advice.
  • Press 0 to donate.

Just make your selection and prepare to receive some prerecorded words of encouragement from the kids of West Side Elementary School!

words of encouragement on brighly colored pieces of paper

Whether you need some words of affirmation after a bad day, a reminder that everything is going to be okay, or just a random adorable pep talk, this hotline offers a little something for everyone.

Hearing those earnest little voices deliver cheerful advice could be just what you need to lift your mood! 💖

free words of encouragement slips and peptoc hotline cards on utility pole

Want to help keep the Peptoc Hotline going?

Within a few days of launching in late February of 2022, the Peptoc Hotline received over 60,000 calls an hour. In its first month, the hotline went on to get nearly 5 million calls from all over the world, reaching people in need of encouragement in every corner of the world.

If you’d like to donate to help keep the Peptoc Hotline going, there are a couple of ways to do so. First, you can visit West Side Elementary’s fundraising page for information on how to donate via PayPal, cash, or check. You can also contribute to the project’s GoFundMe page.

Any additional funds will go to support West Side Elementary’s enrichment programs, which were cut by 75% during the pandemic.



About the writer:

Kaitlyn has a Bachelor's Degree from St. John's University with 2 years of writing experience for LinkedIn, Celeb Magazine, and other various publications.


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Comments 9

  1. Roro55

    We could all use a lil encouragement and these kiddos definitely delivered. I love this soo much!๐Ÿ’• Thank you for sharing.

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      You are SO welcome, Roro55!๐Ÿ˜

  2. Kellie

    Amazing! I love all of this so much!!

  3. Erika Maxwell

    I love the one that said to think of groundhogs if you were feeling uptight โค

  4. Brittany

    More schools have to do this! Such a cute idea ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Daniella

    I called. Automated greeting says mailbox is full. I verified that the number I dialed is correct. Eeesh.

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      Hey Daniella! So sorry for the confusion. It looks like the numbers we had listed didn’t match. This has been updated, and I did test it out and was able to get through – if you’d like to check back! ๐Ÿฅฐ

  6. Godisgr82all

    Love this! What a wonderful blessing to share with others. Thank you!

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      You’re welcome! ๐Ÿฅฐ

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