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Schools within our district hold fast to the nation-wide “No Place for
Hate” initiative, and regularly implement in-school events and
activities to remind students of this important idea. On March 27,
Washington Drive Primary School held a “Character Counts” assembly, and
virtually brought in students from Oldfield Middle School to speak about
Sixth-graders from Mrs. Horowitz’s class prepared to speak to students
in grades kindergarten through second about accepting differences and
“being yourself” by telling stories, sharing original poems, and
explaining how they differed from everyone else. Middle schoolers shared
differences like being a vegetarian, having ADHD, or struggling with
anxiety. In addition, they shared how they coped with having these
Sixth-graders stressed to the younger students that no matter what, one
should never be quick to judge others, and to always be kind–no matter
how someone differs from the crowd. Assistant Principal Ms. Kathy
McNally facilitated the event, and encouraged younger students to ask
questions regarding the sixth grader’s personal experiences.
At the end of the assembly, Ms. McNally asked the middle schoolers for a piece of advice for the Washington Drive students.
“Try your hardest to always be kind, and to remember it’s okay to be different,” said one sixth grader.