Schools across the Riverhead Central School District took a unified stand against bullying and for kindness, acceptance and inclusion by celebrating Unity Day on Oct. 24.
Donning orange T-shirts, the initiative’s designated color, students across the district took part in antibullying activities. At Aquebogue Elementary School, they recited and signed an antibullying pledge, designed posters, wrote articles and drew pictures that were printed in the school’s newspaper.
Student council members at Riley Avenue Elementary School prepared and delivered antibullying presentations to all of the school’s classrooms. Those in kindergarten and first grade learned more about the school’s character education program, Bucket Fillers, while older students listened to a reading of “The Juice Box Bully: Empowering Kids to Stand Up for Others” by Maria Dismondy and Bob Sornson. All students signed an antibullying pledge, as well.
Four students from Riverhead Middle School were selected to attend the Southampton Youth Bureau’s Bullying Prevention Summit. During the summit, the Riverhead students joined their peers from across the East End to discuss effective bullying prevention strategies.