Ring School Tells the Community, P.S. I Love You

Ring Elementary School recently spread love across its hallways, in it’s classrooms and to all who entered the building during “P.S. I Love You Day.” The day was in celebration of the P.S. I Love You foundation’s campaign that is traditionally celebrated on February 14th. This marks the 5th year that this day has been celebrated throughout the United States in various elementary, middle, high school, and colleges.

Ring Elementary School teacher Carrie Davenport saw information about the foundation and what it stands for and thought it would be a great unifying event for Ring School staff. “In the past, our staff has continually gone out of our way to promote positive social and emotional development of our students and this organized day promoted by the P.S. I Love You foundation seemed to align with our continued effort to support our staff members, students and Ring families.”

Ms. Davenport sent out shared activities appropriate for different grade levels. Teachers were encouraged to grab on to any idea that best fit to spread love throughout the day. Fellow teacher, Brandi Meacham re-mastered an anti-bullying contract created for the day and a form letter that students and staff could write to give to friends/neighbors/strangers to show them that they are cared for and loved. Some examples of the P.S. I Love You Day in action included: Mary Moran’s class writing about caring for people. Ms. Davenport’s, Miss Hereford’s and Mrs. Meacham’s classes painting I Love You signs, writing letters, and signing the anti-bullying contracts. Jen Goshgarian creating a chocolate fountain to share with others in our school. Mrs. Meacham also purchased flowers and pins to give to everyone who came into the building that day to show how loved they were by Ring School.

“It is a day that is spreading rapidly,” said Mrs. Meacham. “The original thought came from a young girl who lost her father to suicide. The idea behind the day is that we need to tell people we love them and help them to love the life they live every day. Once I learned about the day, it touched my heart. Ring staff was offered the chance to buy official shirts. Then, being the first year, we simply sent a letter home explaining our goal for the day and asking our students to wear purple.”

Parents posted how the school made their day on Facebook. Teachers received hugs and huge smiles from all. It was a wonderful day at Ring School that made everyone at the school feel good about giving back love to the school and local community.

posted on 04/09/2015 - filed under: Community, Elementary School, Spotlight, Staff, Students