Contact Us
Lewisboro Daily Voice serves Lewisboro, NY
Return to your home site


Lewisboro Daily Voice serves Lewisboro, NY
Breaking News: See You In Court: Cuomo To Sue Trump Administration Over Child Separation

John Jay Students Fight Bullying with C.A.R.E.

CROSS RIVER, N.Y. – John Jay Middle School students C.A.R.E.

In an effort to curtail bullying and gossiping, the school created C.A.R.E. Week -Creating a Respective Environment – previously known as “No Name Calling Week" - based on the teachings of Martin Luther King Jr.

Middle school Principal Richard Leprine, along with several of the students, gave a report on C.A.R.E. Week to the board of education at last week’s meeting. They explained how the students explored various ways to demonstrate kindness and show respect for others and participated in activities based on kindness and acceptance.

“This is also supported by our curriculum, where we emphasize respectful behavior,” Leprine said. “The eighth graders are currently reading ‘To Kill a Mockingbird.’ They are discussing the idea of ‘walking a mile in another person's shoes before passing judgment,’ as illustrated by the main character Atticus Finch.”

The JJMS C.A.R.E. program was initiated by the Climate Committee, a group comprised of faculty members. According to Kelly Mitchell, JJMS counselor, the goal is to have students “think about their actions, be aware of the feelings of others, and share small acts of kindness. In other words, adhere to the ideals of Martin Luther King Jr.”

Student Hana Epstein introduced this year’s C.A.R.E. week with a morning announcement, briefly describing the program’s purpose and linked it to the philosophy of Martin Luther King Jr. During lunch periods, members of the JJMS SADD organization provided peace buttons, tattoos, key chains that were donated by the JJMS PTO and forms where students were asked to define kindness and describe how they would pass it on.

The descriptions of kindness were displayed on the walls of the cafeteria. Some of them included: “Caring for others,” “Making people happy,” “Being nice to others,” “Picking up someone's books in the hallway,” “Noticing when others are sad,” and “Respecting parents.”

Another activity held during C.A.R.E. week was an introspective “Stand-up, Sit-down” event, which encouraged students to think about the ways in which gossip and talking behind others’ backs can be hurtful. Students considered how difficult it can be to stand up for their convictions without worrying about the popularity of these beliefs. At the end of the activity, students were asked how they might remedy situations involving gossip. The idea for this event was sparked by a youth leadership conference that 15 JJMS students attended in December, under the leadership of school social worker Jessica Fulton. During the conference, students from various high schools in the area discussed issues, particularly gossip, that are common behaviors and affect middle school culture.

As C.A.R.E. week continued, students celebrated “Peace Day” by wearing peace-themed clothing. They also worked together to create posters illustrating the concepts of respect, kindness and non-violence and they discussed “what peace means to me.” Another highlight to the week was a broadcast of a skit written by SADD members dealing with name-calling and acceptance. The skit was aired on the school’s closed circuit television station.

to sign up for Daily Voice's free daily emails and news alerts.

Welcome to

Lewisboro Daily Voice!

Hi! You've read our articles so we know you like our reporting. To keep reading please join our mailing list.

Get important news about your town as it happens.