Love and kindness filled the hallways of West Hempstead High School as students participated in the school’s Love Is Universal Week held Feb. 6-10.
Over the five days, students, teachers and administrators engaged in activities that promoted compassion, appreciation and love for one another. They received badges for completing random acts of kindness, contributed to a paper “kindness chain” by linking kind-hearted words together, and wrote notes of appreciation to classmates and teachers during lunch periods.
The week concluded with P.S. I Love You Day named after the nonprofit organization established by sisters Brooke and Jaimie DiPalma who lost their father to suicide in 2010. Observers of the day wore purple in a display of solidarity for the organization’s causes which are to take a stance against bullying and to help end depression and prevent suicide.
In recognition of this day, the entire student body and staff at the high school were encouraged to wear purple and participate in the “Take One – Give One” Post-It–Note activity, for which the lobby was filled with colorful Post-Its bearing messages of hope, love, empathy and compassion. Throughout the day, students were asked to take a note and keep it for themselves or give it to someone else.