A Meaningful C.A.R.E. Week at Memorial Junior High School

A Meaningful C.A.R.E. Week at Memorial Junior High School photo

Memorial Junior High School observed its annual C.A.R.E. week from October 22-26 as an opportunity to emphasize the values of caring, acceptance, respect and empathy. Organized by the B.R.A.V.E. (Believe in the Rights and Values of Everyone) Committee, the initiative featured various activities designed to encourage kindness and love.

As a special highlight, American Paralympian wrestler and motivational speaker Rohan Murphy visited the school on Oct. 23. He presented two assemblies during which he shared his inspiring experience in overcoming the challenge of being born without legs and working hard to create a life he enjoyed and was proud of. He grew up on Long Island and attended East Islip High School, where he became a member of the wrestling team thanks to his own relentless dedication coupled with the encouragement and support of a coach. He went on to wrestle at Penn State University and took on demanding practices with passion and resourcefulness, walking on his hands when his teammates ran and doing hand-stand push-ups to build strength. 

A group of students also had the opportunity to have lunch with Murphy and ask him questions. Many shared their own personal challenges and expressed the positive impact that his story made. 

“Create your own future for yourself,” Murphy said. “Find your purpose and try to pursue it. I knew dedicating myself, day in and day out, would get me somewhere in life.” 

C.A.R.E. week additionally featured classroom lessons, a video about lifting each other up and completion of No Place for Hate pledge cards. To close out the week, each student received a pencil with an uplifting message when they walked into the building on Friday. Club members also decorated the bathrooms with positive phrases and notes.