Number of Participants: 100
Hours Donated: 1
Value of Time Served: $845
Event Type: Hunger
Date: February 18, 2022
Connetquot School District
During the week of Feb. 14-18, Cherokee Elementary School in the Connetquot Central School District celebrated the districtwide Dignity for All Students Week, thereby reinforcing the initiative to Step Up and Speak Out against bullying. Throughout the week’s activities, students learned that by showing respect and dignity for others daily, they can spread more love, kindness and gratitude and create a more peaceful world without conflict.
While students were eating their lunch, they had a special opportunity to read uplifting messages on the new empathy wall, called A Little Spot of Empathy. Organized by the school’s student leaders and social workers Daria Passero and Adam LeWinter, students wrote messages of empathy on hearts for all to read. Some of the messages included phrases like “never give up,” “you’ve got this,” and “I feel you.”
Grades 4 and 5 also attended an internet safety assembly with police officer Justin Fernandez and a virtual Northwell Health assembly on values and decision-making and standing tall against bullying. There was also a nonperishable food drive. Students also participated in odd socks day, wore school colors to symbolize being bully-free, and wore blue to demonstrate that Cherokee Elementary School demonstrates dignity. On the last day of DASA Week, students watched the Disney movie “Encanto,” dressed as their favorite Disney character and explored the message that everyone is unique and has a gift to share.
A: During DASA Week, Cherokee Elementary School students wrote messages of empathy on hearts and placed them on the empathy wall called “A Little Spot of Empathy.”
B: To spread kindness throughout the community, Cherokee Elementary School students held a food drive during DASA Week.
C: Police Officer Justin Fernandez is pictured with Cherokee Elementary School students and social workers Daria Passero and Adam LeWinter on Disney Day, the last day of DASA Week.
Photos courtesy of the Connetquot Central School District