|Ellington Poets w/Ms. Minaya|
For the 2011-2012 school year, the NYC Department of Education designated February 13-17 as Respect For All Week in all NYC public schools. Since that week, schools are given the opportunity to embark upon new initiatives that promote respect for diversity and engage students in meaningful lessons and/or other activities that focus on preventing bias-based harassment, intimidating and/or bullying.
On March 20, PS4 assembled students in 4th and 5th grade to attend a Respect for All Presentation! Special guest Joselinne Minaya, of the Manhattan District Attorney's Office of Community Affairs Unit, and our very own Ellington Poets, instructed by Mr. Cantu, reminded students that it is important to respect everyone. "It is not only important to respect your family and friends", said Ms. Minaya, "but, it is equally important to respect people that you don't know...regardless of what they look like, who they marry, or their religious affiliation". The assembly ended with a student-written poem entitled Silence the Violence performed by The Ellington Poets.
For more information on NYC's Respect For All program, click here.