Entire Léman Community Commits to Being "Upstanders" as Part of National Unity Day
October 28, 2019
On Wednesday, October 23, the entire Léman community took part in Unity Day, the signature event of National Bullying Prevention Month. Students, faculty and staff wore orange, the official color of the initiative to represent Léman's commitment to this important cause.
As a diverse, international school, Léman creates an inclusive learning environment by fostering conversations across the year in every grade about the importance of respecting others and displaying kindness in our community. Students across all divisions recognized Unity Day in a variety of ways.
Early Childhood students created a "Friendship Patch," a collage of pumpkins stating the ways in which they are a good friend. Some of the acts of kindness articulated by our youngest learners included, "I use kind words," "When a friend falls, I make sure they're okay," and, "I give a book to a friend when I'm done reading."
After a day of discussions and activities focusing on kindness and acceptance in their classrooms, Lower School students came together in the Ballroom for a special assembly where they wrote words of kindness of orange paper which were connected in a chain that represents unity across the entire division. The chain now hangs in the lobby of the Broad Street building.
Upper School students have been discussing the importance of inclusivity and kindness as part of their Advisory curriculum. As they entered the building on Wednesday, each student received an orange wristband and signed an "Upstander Pledge," created by the Tyler Clementi Foundation, an organization Léman supports and has partnered with to introduce anti-bullying curriculum in schools across the country. Students in 6th-12th grade watched Lee Hirsch's 2011 documentary, "Bully," which follows the lives of five students who face bullying in U.S. schools. The screenings were followed by guided discussions around the importance of promoting kindness and acceptance in our community.