Kindness and friendship radiated throughout the halls of Cayuga Elementary School earlier this February as students and staff participated in a collection of special activities as part of P.S. I Love You Day.
P.S. I Love You Day was organized as a nonprofit organization by sisters Brook and Jaimie Dipalma after the tragic loss of their father in 2010. Jaimie, a fifth-grade teacher at Cayuga Elementary School, organized a series of activities during the week to promote kindness and take a stand against bullying. The special day in its eighth year has transformed into a nationwide initiative with more than 100 schools participating across the country.
“P.S. I Love You Day helps create a support system for students at school and beyond,” Dipalma said. “I hope that after this day students see how powerful a small act of kindness can be.”
To kick off the week’s activities students on each grade level joined Sachem High School North teacher Jonathan Chiaramonte and his peer education class as they worked with students on games promoting self-esteem and the importance of being kind to others.
The next day students went on to create kindnessgrams, writing supportive messages to classmates they don’t normally interact with. The kindnessgrams were distributed throughout the classroom and read aloud to fellow classmates on P.S. I Love You Day, at the end of the week. Drawing inspiration from this year’s theme to “go the extra mile,” students joined in a walkathon through the halls of the building to raise funds and awareness for the cause. Each year the proceeds collected from the day are donated to the Long Island Crisis Center.
Blanketing the walls of Cayuga were countless reflective drawings and banners made by each grade level that showcased the impact kindness has had in the students’ lives. P.S. I Love You Day was the culminating event to a week of caring and kindness. The school became a sea of purple as students donned the color to represent unity as one collective support system.