Spreading Roots of Kindness


In honor of Unity Day on Oct. 19, the staff and student body of the East Meadow School District joined together to take a stance against bullying by creating a unity tree in the Leon J. Campo Salisbury Center.

Throughout the day, students, teachers, faculty members and central administrators signed leaves as a pledge to be upstanders and put an end to bullying within their community.

With more than 75 leaves signed and collected, members of the W.T. Clarke High School Art Honor Society pasted the foliage on a 16-by-12-foot painting in the Salisbury Center’s conference room. The tree symbolizes kindness, togetherness and partnership across the district.        

At the building level, schools celebrated Unity Day by creating their own trees, rainbow arches and hosting Mix-It-Up Days during their lunch periods, where students sat with peers they didn’t know in order to cultivate new friendships.