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Author encourages Park Avenue students to ‘speak up’ against bullying

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On Jan. 21, 18-year-old author Devin Moore visited students at Park Avenue Memorial Elementary School in Amityville to share his new book, “Devin Speaks Up.”

“Devin Speaks Up” is a children’s antibullying book about Moore’s bullying experience. Through speaking up about the bullying, Moore later founded Race To Speak Up, an antibullying organization that works to educate youth about bullying prevention, how to be upstanders and the importance of mental health.

Park Avenue students gathered in the school’s auditorium where Moore shared his personal experience of being bullied and how he dealt with pain and sadness. All of the students received a copy of Moore’s book, which were donated by Optimum/Altice USA. Moore conducted a readalong with students as they discussed the importance of being comfortable in their own skin, speaking up a trusted person about being bullied, the importance of kindness, and he encouraged kids to be upstanders for each other.

“Even though we all look different and act different, we’re all beautiful and we can unite through our differences,” Moore said. “We need to embrace each other’s differences in a world that includes all kinds of people from all walks of life.”

Date Added: 1/24/2023

Reading Buddies Session at Park Avenue Memorial Elementary School 

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Students at Park Avenue Memorial Elementary School in Amityville enjoyed a morning of meaningful reading on Dec. 20.  

Nine students from Amityville Memorial High School visited Park Avenue for a reading buddies session as they worked with their bilingual classes in grades three to five. The high school students had a great time reading bilingual books to the children and participated in several activities with them.  

The reading activity served as an opportunity for students to engage in thoughtful conversations. 

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Date Added: 12/20/2022

Friday, February 03, 2023