Bringing Positivity into the Future

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The students of Thomas J. Lahey received a gold star at the No Place for Hate Recognition Ceremony for the second year in a row on June 7. No Place for Hate, a movement instated by the Anti-Defamation League, seeks to improve and maintain school climates in which all students can prosper by taking action to promote anti-bias and anti-bullying.

TJL was awarded a gold star for going above and beyond the requirements to be named a No Place for Hate School—namely, by hosting four school-wide activities to promote kindness. Activities included “Start with Hello” week, the Kindness Project, the Peaceful School Bus, and a scarf-making fundraiser to benefit Autism Speaks.

Along with school administration and select teachers, TJL’s No Place for Hate committee consists of six teacher-nominated students.

“These students all exhibit shining character, show inclusivity to all of their peers, and are all around kind human beings,” said committee advisor and physical education teacher Michele Turchiano.

Even though school was closed for these students on June 7, they still excitedly made the trek to the York College Performing Arts Center in Queens to accept a new banner that celebrates their school’s accomplishment.

“We do our best to bring everyone together, no matter what race, gender or color they are,” said Kemar, one of the committee members. “We want to bring more positivity into our future.”

Students on the committee echoed each others’ sentiments, commenting that making people feel like they belong is of the utmost importance.

“People may not remember you, or the things you say, but they’ll remember how you made them feel,” said committee member Yoselin. “So, we’re going to keep spreading kindness and leading by example.”