P.S. I Love You Day
By Lily Young and Caitlyn Knohl, 6th Grade
For the past three years, P.S. I Love You Day has been celebrated at OHMS and it is an interesting story of how it came to be. This day was created by Brooke DiPalma, who unexpectedly lost her father when she was in 8th grade. Taking the last three words her father said to her “I Love You”, she started a nonprofit organization and created an annual event to raise awareness about mental illness and the power of kindness.
Introduced by Ms. Tooley, and now led by Mrs. Prince’s and Ms. Castracane’s ELA classes, students are taking initiatives through a PBL experience to end bullying, spread acceptance and improve our school community.
This year on February 2, Brooke DiPalma came to OHMS to see the great work being done by the 6th grade. It was such an inspiring experience for Brooke. She spoke to all grade levels about her story, had lunch with small group of students and answered questions. The guidance counselors also talked to us about recognizing depression and introduced the “warm handoff.” Ask your child about this. On February 9, the 6th graders wore customized t-shirts and led a carnival that displayed research projects, trivia games, activities to spread kindness and included special treats. Two big surprises for 6th graders was News Channel 9 “Cool Schools” segment and National Grid turning purple. Everyone was thrilled! A special thanks to the Westhill Educational Foundation for funding a grant to make this possible.
P.S. We Love You!