Senior Hailey Orgass, who was crowned Miss Wantagh this past Fourth of July, organized a Unity Day on October 10th in an effort to address instances of bullying in our schools. Students and staff throughout the district wore orange, the national color of bully awareness, to show their support. Everyone was invited to sign anti-bullying pledge sheets promising...
* To remember that bullying or threatening someone is not acceptable, whether in person or on-line
* To refuse to participate in bullying which includes name calling, threats, and harassment
* To have the courage to offer help by standing up for others being bullied, knowing that one person can make a difference
* To act responsibly when someone is being bullied by telling someone who can help
Those who participated were given orange ribbons to wear to indicate their pledge of support. The event was a huge success evidenced by the thousands of signatures displayed throughout the schools. Tremendous involvement from the students and adults in all five schools as well as many community organizers truly made for a day of unification. The program will become an annual event to keep 'bully awareness' prevalent with the ultimate goal of completely eliminating bullying behaviors.
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