RYE, N.Y. -- Rye Middle School hosted a Dignity Expo on Friday in celebration of the ongoing "Dignity for All" campaign in the Rye schools.
The saying for the day was "We Stand for the Silent," which was displayed on T-shirts and temporary tattoos throughout the school. The day's events centered on diversity, acceptance and anti-bullying, as well as other positive messages.
The day began with a screening of CNN's "The Bully Effect," followed by a special message from Anderson Cooper that was taped specifically for Rye Middle School students.
Students then toured the exposition in the gymnasium, where 11 organizations set up booths with information and activities based around dignity. Students learned about diversity in families, religion, medical conditions, physical appearance and more. Classes incorporated the subject of dignity into lessons, and the day ended with a performance by saxophonist, songwriter and educator Susan Goodman, who focused on anti-bullying and respect.
Students also learned about and signed Rye's new Civility Statement. It was developed with community input by the Rye Youth Council after a hazing incident at Rye High School last year. The purpose of the Civility Statement is to "promote a culture of civility and caring in all aspects of our community life" and to "recognize, without judgment, the inherent dignity and worth of each person, group, family and organization."
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