Lewisboro Students Learn About NYS Dignity Act

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Teacher aide Debra Canzio wore a costume and used a puppet to help students feel comfortable about sharing their feelings on the topic of dignity.
Teacher aide Debra Canzio wore a costume and used a puppet to help students feel comfortable about sharing their feelings on the topic of dignity. Photo Credit: Contributed
School social worker Joann Fenton helps students understand the definition of dignity.
School social worker Joann Fenton helps students understand the definition of dignity. Photo Credit: Contributed

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- Learning Center students from Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES attended an assembly to learn about the New York State Dignity Act recently. 

The assembly served to educate teachers, as well as students, about the Dignity Act, including the requirement that schools record and respond to incidents of discrimination or harassment.

The assembly was presented by school social worker Joann Fenton and teacher aide Debra Canzio. Canzio used a fluffy puppet, “Dignity Dog,” to help the students open up and share their thoughts on the concept of dignity.

Fenton also showed examples of “student action forms,”  which students can use to report situations where they felt bullied or discriminated against.

The Dignity Act became law in New York state last year, and it aims to ensure that all students in elementary and secondary schools are provided a safe and secure environment, free from discrimination, intimidation, taunting, harassment, and bullying on school property, a school bus or at a school function.

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Everyone is saying this because in the Peekskill Daily Voice, this article is titled as  "Peekskill Students Learn About the NYS Dignity Act."   People Are upset because people are being ridiculously bullied in Peekskill and the school district is NOT holding assembles such as these to educate kids.

The article didn't mention anything about Peekskill. As far as I was aware, it was at the location in Yorktown, which is the only one local that I even know about. Why would anyone assume that this was in Peekskill if it wasn't even in the article? All the article is stating is that there was an assembly where kids were informed of this new law and asked how they felt about it. What else took place that was omitted and made the article misleading?

This didn't even take place in Peekskill and no students from Peekskill were participants. It was at a learning center, the article is very unclear and the media omitted key things ... in a nut shell, they reported what they wanted to report. Very misleading article. It has nothing at all to do with the PCSD.

This is the Putnam Northern Westchester BOCES program at Peekskill. This means that the out of district students that attend the NW Boces program at Peekskill Middle School had the assembly, NOT the kids in the Peekskill Middle School. The Peekskill City school district rents space to Boces to run their program. They bring in their own teachers and therapists and out of district students. This has nothing to do with the Peekskill City School District.