On Wednesday, October 24, the students in all four divisions wore orange shirts or stickers for Unity Day, an event sponsored by the PACER Center to senda message of support, hope, and unity, and to show that we are together against bullying and united for kindness, acceptance, and inclusion.
In the morning, the Upper School CORE (Community Outreach for Everyone) group, along with Upper and Middle School students, left notes of kindness and encouragement on Lower School lockers. The Lower Schoolers were so thrilled and surprised by these gifts!
In the Middle School, 150 students had shared kind words about their teachers, fellow students, and the School, earlier in the week with Laree Henning, School Counselor of Grades Five-Eight. These thoughts were then read out to the Middle School students during a lunch of tamales prepared by the PPDI (Parent Partnership of Diversity and Inclusivity) in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.
In the Primary and Lower Schools, students wrote their commitments to stop bullying on orange “feet” and taped them to the sides of the walkway between the Behrens Building and the Benjamin Franklin Library.
In addition, Mayanthi Jayaratna, Teacher of Primary School Library and the Coordinator of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Service for Primary and Lower School, read specially selected books for Unity Day to her students. These include: One by Kathryn Otoshi (Kindergarten), The Recess Queen by Alexis O’Neill (First Grade), and We’re All Wonders (R.J. Palacio).
The children were reminded that care and kindness should be practiced every day, and the students were excited to put this message into action. Ms. Jayaratna happily recounted hearing two Second Graders complimenting each other over lunch.