October was National Prevention of Bullying Month and there were a number of initiatives at South Grove to help foster a learning environment where students feel included, appreciated and safe. Kindness in Chalk is an Anti-Bullying Movement that started in 2014 to spread kindness. For the second year at South Grove, every student and adult participated by writing a kind and positive messages in chalk. These panels of positive messages are hanging in our new “Unity Walkway,” which is the newly-constructed hallway connecting both the Annex and Main Building. During the official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, community members were invited to add their own positive messages to the hallway.
Start With Hello is one aspect of the Sandy Hook promise and again this year we had both Hello Messages and Hello Ambassadors.
Hello Messages: Student Council Representatives wrote “good morning” affirmations. These were positives messages were left on the desk of every student -- and adult-- after school one day so that the next morning everyone was greeted with an uplifting message to begin their day.
Hello Ambassadors: South Grove collaborated with the high school’s Peer Educators classes to welcome back Hello Ambassadors. These Syosset High School student leaders engaged with elementary students during recess. The high school students modeled inclusivity and the younger students LOVED their visit.
While these specific activities took place over the course of a month, they are in addition to South Grove’s ongoing commitment to K-PRIDE (Kindness, Patience, Respect, Integrity, Determination and Empathy).