Hicksville Middle school teachers, staff and students celebrated its first PS I Love You Day, on Friday, February 11th, 2022 by wearing purple. HMS joined more than 200 other schools, community members, and local businesses in the 12th annual event.
PS I Love You day was created to raise awareness of the importance of mental health and to decrease bullying. By educating younger students about mental health, the conversation can be easier to discuss. The goal is that students will recognize when they or others around them need help. We hope to teach students, parents, faculty and staff that mental health is just as important as physical health.
From January 31st through February 11th, students engaged in the Kindness Challenge during advisory period at the Middle School. Some activities included creating friendship chains, writing thank you letters to local heroes, listening to songs that bring joy, performing acts of kindness during the day and participating in the purple wave. Purple “PS I Love You Day” shirts were created and sold to students and staff.
Many advisory groups decorated classroom doors or created bulletin boards with the PS I Love You day theme. In addition, each student signed a purple heart and left a positive note on it. These hearts were collected and have been put up throughout the school.
PS I Love You Day was created in 2011 by co-founders Jamie and Brooke DiPalma, along with the help of West Islip High School Class of 2014, to celebrate the memory of their father, Joseph DiPalma, Jr. and others lost to suicide. The last three words Brooke said to her father were “I love you,” which inspired this day.