Middle School Students Reminded to Speak up for Safety

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Creating a community of caring and compassionate individuals is a guiding principle at Edmund W. Miles Middle School, which is why students and staff took part in Say Something Week, a national call-to-action to celebrate the role of “upstanders.”

 

Thousands of schools and youth organizations from across the United States participated in Say Something Week from March 2-6. During social studies classes, Amityville students learned how to recognize warning signs and threats of potential violence as well as strategies to take action. They discussed how to become “upstanders” instead of “bystanders” and how to choose a trusted adult, which is someone to tell when they have concerns. 

 

On March 5, students and staff were encouraged to wear green, the official color of the Sandy Hook Promise, which sponsors the Say Something initiative. The organization aims to unite people of all backgrounds and beliefs in an effort to protect children from gun violence. Guidance counselor Keri Kearney and social worker Beatriz Offitto visited students during their lunch periods to take photos with the #SaySomething photo booth, as a way of reminding them about the importance of speaking up.

 

This was the school’s third year participating in Say Something Week. Activities and lessons were coordinated by committee members Ms. Kearney, Ms. Offitto and Humanities Chairwoman Leslie Ciliotta.