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Ring School Celebrates P.S. I Love You Day!

Ring Elementary School spent time spreading love, kindness and awareness to its students and families, letting them know that they are loved through their annual P.S. I Love You Day. The annual event, coordinated by teacher Samantha Hasbrouck, joined forces with the Suicide Prevention Alliance of Chautauqua County, Inc., Family Services of the Chautauqua Region, Chautauqua County Mental Hygiene and the Chautauqua Tapestry Resilience Initiative. Christina Breen from the Chautauqua Tapestry Resilience Initiative created engaging Flipgrid videos for daily activities and reading lessons, local resource bags for parents and student goodie bags which included pencils, necklaces, stickers and candy. The Ring Elementary School PTA also donated masks to every child and staff member in the school. The Teacher’s Desk located in Buffalo, NY donated hand sanitizer, disposable masks, and lysol wipes to all the staff and teachers.

“We love partnering with the Suicide Prevention Alliance of Chautauqua County, Family Services of the Chautauqua Region, Chautauqua County Mental Hygiene and the Chautauqua Tapestry Resilience Initiative on P.S. I Love You Day. Due to COVID-19 protocols this year looked different than past years. The students really enjoyed spreading kindness throughout their classroom and community,” said Mrs. Hasbrouck. “In addition to the day, we also have a school-wide kindness challenge and a ‘share your story’ read aloud with activities. At the elementary school level, we focus on bullying prevention and the importance of being kind every day.”

In the morning, student bags containing pencils, necklaces, stickers and candy were handed out at each door to students. Information from all of the partners involved along with candy and pins were sent home to families in the grab and go meals. There was also an all-school virtual assembly which included photos of the activities from the week, photo booth selfies from in-person and remote learners, One Small Voice sign language by kindergarten and first graders, and student speakers in English and Spanish.  

This is the eighth year the school has participated in the P.S. I Love You Day event, and it has been a wonderful success. The event centers on standing up against bullying, ending depression and preventing suicide. It is a day to allow people to walk around their community, school, or work office and be a sea of purple. It’s a day to share positive messages that make people feel special, and loved. P.S. I Love You Day is a national, non-profit organization formed by Brooke DiPalma in 2010 after she suffered the loss of her father to suicide.

“P.S. I Love You Day is a great example of how a school climate can envelop its own warmth and rituals. Ring Elementary School has opened its doors to us at the Chautauqua County Department of Mental Hygiene as continued partners each year as we work together alongside one another to promote hope and resilience in honor of this special day,” said Rachel Ludwig, Chautauqua Tapestry Resilience Initiative Project Director.

Anyone struggling with a mental health crisis should call the Chautauqua County Crisis Hotline Number at 1-800-724-0461 and for additional resources on local suicide prevention efforts, visit: preventsuicidechq.com