In light of last month’s attacks in Orlando, FL, Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District’s Parkway Elementary School held a school-wide ceremony to honor the memory of lives that were lost. Based on student suggestions, all students and staff wore rainbow colors.
Principal Ronelle Hershkowitz used the ceremony as a teachable moment, focusing on tolerance and acceptance. During the ceremony, Parkway students congregated around its acclaimed Peace Pole and listened to Hershkowitz emphasize the importance of inclusion and celebrating differences. Students concluded the ceremony by singing a song about peace.