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Office of Safety and Youth Development

2011 Respect For All Week

Visit the new Respect For All Week page.

February 14-18 was Respect For All Week in all NYC public schools. During this week, schools had the opportunity to highlight and build upon ongoing diversity programs and curriculum-based instruction. Schools also had the opportunity to embark upon new initiatives that promote respect for diversity and engage students in meaningful lessons and/or other activities that focus on preventing bias-based harassment, intimidation and/or bullying.

Next year’s Respect For All Week will be February 13-17, 2012.

Principals, teachers, and school staff can find additional Respect For All Resources here.

Below are just some of the activities and programs students are participating

in. If you would like us to include your school's program, email mystory@schools.nyc.gov.

Anti-Bullying Video by P.S. 119

In 2010, Kings County District Attorney Charles J. Hynes held a Bullying Video Contest as part of their Legal Lives program. This is the winning video created by teacher, Genevieve Berretta, featuring Nairan St. Phard and Jeremiah Hyde, who were fifth grade students at P.S. 119.


AYA Academy, the Bronx High School Long-Term Suspension Center
Students at AYA Academy, the Bronx High School Long-Term Suspension Center had a discussion about diversity and bullying with the help of the film, Bullied: A Student, a School and a Case that Made History.

Bronx Regional High School
On February 15, Bronx Regional High School celebrated RFA Week by holding an all-school assembly to watch a performance called Acceptance and Pride. This performance was put on by the organization, Pride not Prejudice

Herbert H. Lehman High School
Watch 3 PSAs created by ninth grade students targeting topics such as bullying, suicide, and discrimination.

Urban Assembly Academy of Civic Engagement
Middle school students designed lessons, posters, and t-shirts to rally against "Gossip and Rumors" as part of their Anti-Gossip Week Campaign.


I.S. 228 David A. Boody Intermediate School for Magnet Studies
“At Boody, we have instituted a comprehensive bullying prevention program. Last year, we joined with the Council for Unity to produce an original musical – Dragonslayer – that depicted how bullies are created and how they can be stopped and dealt with through understanding. We are staging the show again this year as we take proactive steps to curb a problem that is found in schools everywhere,” - Principal Dominick A. D’Angelo.

I.S. 96 Seth Low
Some of the activities included a door decorating contest, Caught Doing Something Respectful Campaign, a play about respect, and a campaign for students to pledge not to bully and report all suspected bullying to an adult or school official.


New Utrecht High School
Watch a PSA created by students involved in the Peer Mediation program to raise awareness regarding bullying.

P.S. 101 The Verrazano School
In addition to various activities throughout the year about Respect For All, P.S. 101 celebrated RFA Week with two assemblies for students on empowerment and anti-bullying and a project based on the book The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein.

P.S. 102 The Bayview School
To help promote Respect For All Week, students and staff at P.S. 102 The Bayview School, created Tree Affirmations, a large birch branch decorated in student-created messages depicting Respect. This lesson was inspired by a visit from Yoko Ono's Wish Tree formerly on exhibit at MOMA. 

P.S. 115 Daniel Mucatel School
P.S. 115 kicked off Respect For All Week at their annual Family Valentine’s Day Dance on February 11. The P.S. 115 community will spend their RFA Week keeping track of their good deeds and acts of kindness and respect. At the end of the week, the class (in each grade) with the most good deeds will win a pizza party.

P.S. 119 Amersfort
Nairan and Jeremiah aren't the only anti-bullying rappers at P.S. 119, 5th grade teacher Genevieve Berretta works with her entire class of students to create anti-bullying raps. In fact, the entire school pledges to keep the peace and respect each other with their Peace Builders Pledge!

P.S. 124 Silas B. Dutcher
Watch Let It Begin With Me, a library production by 4th and 5th graders that addresses "bullying" in their own words.

P.S. 193 Gil Hodges School
Watch K-5 students sing the song, Showing Respect-That’s the Key. "I am so proud of our students because of their love and respect for each other and for their teachers. Our school community embraces our Credo, 'Be Respectful and Be Nice' each and every day. Little moments of kindness can be seen at different times of the day as our children help each other in so many ways such as holding the door for one another or an adult, or helping each other with their milk container at lunch, or sharing a snack among friends, or returning lost money." - Principal Frank Cimino.

We want to hear what your school is doing! Email us at mystory@schools.nyc.gov.

P.S. 80 Thurgood Marshall Magnet
Did you know there are elementary kids at P.S. 80 helping other kids solve their problems in positive ways? They are a group of 4th and 5th grade students, called Mediators.

P.S. 117 Joyce Keld Briarwood School
P.S. 117 has launched a year-long anti-bullying campaign, Take a stand. Lend a hand. Principal Paula Cunningham has made a commitment to thread character development into the fiber of the school community. “This is the first year of our anti-bullying campaign. We all must be more aware of what we say and how we do things. There is a huge need for this in our world today, where we see and hear aggressive behavior all too often. Thus, we have to educate our students in ways to make good decisions.”

P.S. 153 Maspeth Elementary
P.S. 153 hosted a performance by Brittany Maier on Thursday, February 17th, as part of their Respect for All Week activities.

Staten Island
 P.S. 22 Graniteville
Students are embracing the motto, "Peace begins with you." Administrators and staff are teaching students ways to address bullying whether it be name-calling, internet gossip, texting, or physical contact. Activities include an all school assembly, poster contest, creating ornaments for a "peace tree," creating graphic novels, and writing skits.

Staten Island School for Civic Leadership
As a culminating activity to the anti-bullying and anti-violence efforts highlighted during Respect for All Week, the Staten Island School of Civic Leadership hosted Curtis Sliwa and Guardian Angel Hashim Garret. Mr. Sliwa and Mr Garret spoke to 6th and 7th grade students about peer choices and the consequences of poor decisions.