Schools Send Sweet Messages for P.S. I Love You Day

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Various student groups and classes from the district once again came together to promote a common message of acceptance and anti-discrimination.

Held on Feb. 9, P.S. I Love You Day, was created in 2011 as a nonprofit organization to spread love in order to decrease bullying and promote mental health awareness.

At Wellington C. Mepham High School, members of Jackie Geller’s School Community Leadership class encouraged friends to send positive messages to classmates throughout the day.

“We also hand wrote positive messages on paper hearts for the entire student body and attached a Life Saver candy to each one,” explained Mepham student Lauren Lasker.

“We even personalized them for all of the faculty members to let them know we appreciate them,” added Kayleigh Specht.

John F. Kennedy High School Key Club and adviser Jessica Chilton, along with the Gay Straight Alliance and Student Government members joined forces to make and sell purple ribbons to raise money for the organization. They planned on it being a daylong effort, but quickly sold out.
“They also created posters with positive messages that were hung around the building,” Chilton added.

At Sanford H. Calhoun High School, ENL teacher Heather Glick’s International Buddy Club hosted a similarly aligned Step Up, Stand Up challenge.

“This event aims to help each person have their own voice to promote peace, love and acceptance toward others,” explained Glick. “Whether it’s through music, poetry or really any form of expression, we encourage everyone to attend and help us spread awareness and love.”
Grand Avenue and Merrick Avenue middle schools also supported P.S. I Love You Day, donning purple attire to support the effort.