The Urban Assembly Academy of Civic Engagement launched a school-wide celebration of tolerance and diversity as part of the Respect For All Week.
In early January, Michelle Calamito, who is the advisor for the Student Government program met with students to discuss the issues of race, gender bias, and bullying and their affect on school spirit. The conversations led to the development of a calendar of activities that would take place from February 13-February 17, 2012.
Students participating in Student Government worked to create Shadow a Staff Member Day.
This event comes out of requests from students who wanted to get a feel for a day in the life of an administrator, teacher or school aide. The students also created two trees to decorate the hallway. The first tree is an “Apology Tree” and on February 15, students will be asked to anonymously leave a Post It Note apology on the tree to anyone they may have offended this school year. Finally, students will launch the “Random Acts of Kindness Day” in which students who are caught in the act of doing something to help another, improve the community, etc, will be recognized on the Random Acts of Kindness Tree.
This story is part of a series to promote the ongoing school-based programs and activities through the Respect For All initiative.