Going the Extra Mile at East Northport Middle

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P.S. I Love You Day was celebrated at East Northport Middle School on Feb. 9.

The goal of this day, which is held the Friday before Valentine’s Day every year, is to bring awareness to students of how important it is to spread love and kindness to prevent unnecessary loss of lives from suicide.

Members of the Unity Club encouraged peers to wear purple to represent their commitment to stand up against bullying, help end depression, and ultimately prevent suicide. This year’s theme was “go the extra mile.”

“This day is so important, especially for middle school students, because at this age many of them feel like they’re on the outside,” Unity Club advisor Sandra Leahy said.

Throughout the day, students and faculty had the opportunity to articulate what love and friendship means, to take photos together, and to go out of their way to be kind to one another.

“It’s important that kids understand how to be kind and to include each other,” eighth grader Carlin said. “It’s a skill we’re going to need for the rest of our lives. No one should ever feel like they’re alone.”