Students at Fort Lee School No. 1 commemorated “Anti-Bullying Week” and “Kindness Week”—it was both at School 1 last week—by participating in a “decorate your classroom door” contest.
Principal Kristine Cecere said doors were to be decorated in an anti-bullying theme and with a message. For example, “Bullying offends; let’s be friends!” or “No bully zone.”
And judging from what each class came up with—Patch had the opportunity to see all the finished products this week—more than a little creativity and a lot of hard work went into the project.
And why not? Aside from the positive message literally pasted on the school's doors, the class whose door is deemed the winner is getting a pizza party, Cecere said; although on the day of Patch’s visit to the school, a winner had not yet been chosen.
Also for Anti-Bullying/Kindness Week, the school started a K-6 “buddy program” in which Kindergarteners were paired with sixth-grade students, and students were also recognized for committing random acts of kindness by having their names written on a leaf on the “kindness tree” in the annex connecting the Hoym and Whiteman Street buildings.