Memorial students share their care

Memorial students share their care photo

Memorial Junior High School students and staff members demonstrated good character and positive qualities during C.A.R.E. (Caring, Acceptance, Respect and Empathy) Week, which was celebrated from March 20-24. Many special programs and activities placed extra emphasis on these values, which are embraced in the building throughout the school year. Organized by the B.R.A.V.E. (Believe in the Rights and Values of Everyone) Committee, the initiative involved exciting activities designed to encourage kindness and love.

The week kicked off with P.S. I Love You Day in honor of International Day of Kindness. Upon entering the building on the morning of March 20, students received purple ribbons with cards about kindness. They then watched a video that tied in with the theme and received cards to give to special people in their lives. Many students and teachers wore purple as a symbol of P.S. I Love You Day’s mission to spread love in order to decrease bullying and promote mental health awareness. 

Several other projects also encompassed the C.A.R.E. week objective. Students gathered after school one afternoon to create cards for children in Winthrop Hospital, and the World of Difference Club provided Acts of Kindness cards that were distributed to students, with examples of ways to make a positive difference.  

On March 23, students attended presentations led by Cary Epstein of the MACHO Foundation. MACHO is an acronym for “My Actions Can Help Others,” and the organization cultivates benevolent and kindhearted thinking by inspiring students to be their very best version of themselves and go out of their way to help others. Epstein encouraged students to think about what defines them, and discussed the parts of his life that he is proud of. He explained how his roles as a lifeguard and EMT are rewarding in that he is able to make a difference for others. He also shared stories about his father, who exemplified the meaning of MACHO by leaving a positive, lasting impact on many people in this world.

“Every single one of you has the power to leave a legacy behind and make a difference,” Epstein said. “One random act of kindness at a time – it starts here, in doing simple things.”