Number of Participants: 300
Hours Donated: 1
Value of Time Served: $2,535
Event Type: Children & Youth
Date: November 29, 2021
Nov. 15-19 was celebrated as Anti-Bullying Week in the Island Park Public Schools, with an emphasis on kindness, acceptance, respect and other positive qualities. Lincoln Orens Middle School and Francis X. Hegarty Elementary School both participated in the various activities based on the week’s theme.
Francis X. Hegarty Elementary School kicked off their efforts on Nov. 12, with a special event during which students signed a pledge to launch the Anti-Defamation League’s No Place for Hate initiative. Throughout the following week, students created a bulletin board collage of paper hand cutouts that represented unity, promoting peace and being an ally against bullying. They decorated their projects with messages expressing ways that they can make a positive impact on their school and peers.
Lincoln Orens Middle School featured a One Kind Word theme and kicked off the week with Odd Socks Day as a fun way for students to express themselves and celebrate their unique personalities. They signed an anti-bullying pledge and participated in a poster contest sponsored by the Student Council, and eighth grader Madison Brandt read a poem that she wrote. Congratulations to Ariel Gardella, Brianna Calderon, Ilay Reyes Oliva and Gabriel Reyes for their winning posters. As the week concluded, students and staff members wore blue to signify peace and safety.
These are just some examples of the many character education initiatives that take place in Island Park schools throughout the year.
- Eighth grader Madison Brandt, pictured with student council advisers Mary Cochran and Theresa Stotzky.
- Poster contest winners, pictured with guidance counselor Andrea Porzelt, student council advisers Mary Cochran and Theresa Stotzky and Principal Dr. Bruce Hoffman.
- Students signed an Anti-Bullying Week pledge at Lincoln Orens.
- Francis X. Hegarty Students signed a No Place for Hate pledge.
- Students created paper hand cutouts that represented unity, peace and being an ally against bullying.
- Hegarty students kicked off Anti-Bullying Week with a No Place for Hate event.
Photos courtesy of Island Park Public Schools