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Students Unite Against Bullying
Friday, October 27, 2017
Unity Day took place on October 25. It was a day to come together against bullying – united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion. Students in all WSWHE BOCES school buildings engaged in activities celebrating Unity Day. Students and staff wore the color orange as an expression of solidarity.
At Sanford Street Teaching Learning Center there was an assembly. The Washington Street Teaching and Learning Center held a Unity Day pep rally.
At the F. Donald Myers Education Center staff wore orange ribbons as a symbol of unity. The Army National Guard presented Helping Everyone Achieve Respect (HEAR) program throughout the week, reaching every class and providing students with tools to put an end to bullying.
The Southern Adirondack Education Center (SAEC) held a Unity Walk. Principal Sarah Matarazzo told participants “the strength of our schools and communities come from our diversity of people, culture and religions. We must always celebrate and protect that diversity.”
Protecting diversity begins with young minds. She told students, “you are awesome. It is important that you learn to value difference and to be open to others’ differences”.
Students at both the F. Donald Myers and Southern Adirondack Education Centers signed the No Place for Hate pledge which can be seen throughout the buildings.