LB Elementary Schools Commemorate Unity Day’s Peaceful Purpose

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The Long Beach Public Schools’ four elementary buildings celebrated Unity Day in January. Students participated in various activities centered on qualities such as kindness, acceptance, respect, peacefulness and compassion.

East School held a sing-a-long that featured performances in an assortment of languages that represented various areas of the world. Kindergartners sang Frere Jacques, first-graders presented De Colores, second-grade students recited Eh, Cumpari, third-graders sang Hava Nagila and the fourth- and fifth-grades presented "O, Desayo.” Together, everyone sang, “We Are the World,” “It's a Small World” and “I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing.”

Lido School students observed Unity Day during a field trip to Hofstra University, where they cheered the women's basketball team on to victory. The students wore orange, Unity Day’s signature color, in honor of the occasion. The third-, fourth- and fifth-graders represented Long Beach as the school with the most spirit. Lido also welcomed a presentation from the MACHO Foundation, a group that emphasizes the notion that “My Actions Can Help Others.”

Lindell School acknowledged Unity Day and oneness during a school wide assembly. The “Golden Rulers,” a group of fifth-graders who demonstrate positive behaviors to extraordinary levels, presented a skit. They portrayed the storyline of “One,” a book by Kathryn Otoshi that emphasizes the power of kindness and working together to make a difference.

West School students decorated their classroom doors to signify the influences of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., after learning about his contributions to United States history. They also participated in a “Peace Walk,” during which classes viewed the doors and reflected on what they learned in the process.

These initiatives were followed by an assembly, which featured songs associated with harmony, peace and togetherness. “It was a wonderful way to have our students and staff integrate social emotional learning with historical teachings,” said Principal Sandra Schneider.