There’s a new initiative afoot at Woodhull Intermediate School where the student council is spearheading a “Fall into Caring” campaign.
Woodhull Student Council President Domenica Elgart and faculty advisors Scott Armyn and Jessica Risalvato collaborated on the development of a new way for students to express kindness to each other.
“At our last meeting, the Eagles’ Student Council developed a plan to reinforce the concept of using kind words and caring for our fellow Woodhull Eagles,” Mr. Armyn said. “We would like every student in every class to think of a kind word, saying or phrase, a word of encouragement or just something they would like to hear to cheer them up at school.”
It seems simple enough, doesn’t it? “Our goal is to collect all the kind words written on leaves and display them in the main hallway on a tree display,” Ms. Risalvato said. The area is already filling up.
First year Woodhull Dean of Students Julian Watts said the initiative ties in nicely with Sanford Harmony’s social and emotional learning curriculum, which has been adopted for use by Huntington UFSD. The first unit of the curriculum addresses “diversity and inclusion” with an emphasis on promoting a community environment in the classroom. “Teacher have been encouraged to embed the ‘Fall into Caring’ activity into their SEL lessons,” Mr. Watts said.
Every morning at Woodhull, a kind saying is read over the building’s public address system “to set a positive tone across the school for the day,” Principal Lara Gonzalez said.