To foster kindness and inclusivity, 15 Westhampton Beach High School students recently volunteered to read books and hold engaging discussions with students at Westhampton Beach Elementary School as part of the elementary school’s Social Inclusivity Month celebration.
The high school students, who were nominated by their teachers to participate, read age-appropriate books to the elementary students, including “What Can a Citizen Do?” by Dave Eggers, “I Am Human: A Book of Empathy” by Susan Verde, “All Are Welcome” by Alexandra Penfold and Suzanne Kaufman, and “Spork” by Kyo Maclear and Isabelle Arsenault.
The readings were followed by heartfelt conversations about being kind to others and brainstorming ways to make a difference in the community. High school students also answered questions from elementary school students about high school.
“Our students did an amazing job reading and having discussions with our elementary school students,” said high school Assistant Principal Kerry Pillittier. “I am proud of the way they represented Westhampton Beach High School.”
The idea for the initiative was inaugurated through the district’s Equity Committee as a way to bring the schools and students together around something positive.
Date Added: 4/14/2022