P.S. I Love You Day Spreads Kindness

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Messages of kindness were spread like confetti throughout the Central High School District on Feb. 8, also known as P.S. I Love You Day.

Created in 2011 as a nonprofit organization to spread love in order to decrease bullying while promoting mental health awareness, the day took on various forms of expression in Bellmore-Merrick.

“On this day, we ask that everyone wears purple to represent standing up against bullying, help those who are suffering from depression and ultimately prevent suicide,” explained social studies teacher and P.S. I Love You Day organizer Jacqueline Geller. 

At the start of each social studies class at Mepham High School, seniors from three leadership classes distributed notes of kindness and Hershey kisses.

“All 1,200-plus students in the building will be receiving similar messages of positivity and caring,” explained Social Studies Chairperson Robyn Einbinder.

“We hope that you walk around your community, school or work office and see a sea of purple,” added Geller. “We hope that you hear nothing but positive messages that make you feel special, loved and are reminded that you are never alone.”

At Kennedy High School, the Key Club also asked students and staff to wear purple “to foster kindness and a welcoming environment.”

“In addition, the clubs at Kennedy High School collectively participated in a No Place for Hate event by creating a Take What You Need Wall — a colorful display of post-it notes with messages of inspiration and positivity,” explained Jessica Chilton, a math teacher and Key Club faculty adviser. 
By the end of the day they had amassed more than 1,800 post-it notes.

“Throughout the day, a quote was read over the loudspeaker and students were given a Cougar Challenge,” Chilton further explained. “It included small acts such as smiling at everyone in the hall, holding the door open for the person behind you, sitting next to someone new in the cafeteria, giving a compliment to a friend. Most importantly, spreading the message of being an upstander.”