UNITY DAY

Unity Day at the North Shore Schools
On October 21, 2020, the North Shore School District joined together to promote kindness, acceptance and inclusion by wearing orange to celebrate Unity Day. Each day, thousands of young people experience bullying from their peers while at school, after school in their neighborhoods, and even when they are at home, through social media and texts. There are many ways to prevent bullying as an individual or with friends and family, and within our school community. 

Students at the high school created anti-bullying posters and the peer leaders met with freshmen throughout the week to discuss the transition to high school.

At North Shore Middle School, the counselors provided the E3 squad teachers with activities and a kindness video to play in each classroom. The students engaged in thoughtful conversations centered on the steps that they can take to create a world without bullying and helping others feel included, accepted and respected -- despite our differences. The students filled out cards on how they can be kind to one another, wrote on footprints ways that they can promote kindness, acceptance and inclusion. At the middle school, the counselors provided the E3 squad teachers with activities and a kindness video. The students engaged in thoughtful conversations centered on the steps they can take to create a world without bullying and help others feel included, accepted and respected, despite our differences. The students filled out cards on how they can be kind to one another, wrote on footprints ways they can promote kindness, acceptance, and inclusion. Throughout the week, cohorts signed up to color in a giant Bee Kind poster.

Each elementary school incorporated kindness lessons and activities. Elementary counselor, Ms. DiPreta, worked together with Dr. Rufa and Ms. Greenberg to put together a staff video on acceptance and what it means to the faculty.

Director of Counseling, Dan Doherty, said, “It was amazing to see the North Shore District come together to promote kindness, acceptance and inclusion. These are such important topics for our students and community to celebrate during these unique times.”

Article written by Dan Doherty Photos by Shelly Newman