BHS Kindness & Unity Day 2021
Bedford High School Holds Unity and Kindness Day
Students at Bedford High School started off the school year on the right foot with the school’s first “Unity and Kindness Day.”
The idea for the event came as a response to the tragic death of student Royce Hamilton. “This hit the Bedford community very hard, and we knew there was a need for healing for our students and staff,” said Bedford High School Assistant Principal Khalisha Lewis.
Teachers and the school’s social emotional learning team planned the kindness day over the summer so the event could kick off the new academic year. The day was broken up into morning and afternoon activities.
In the morning, students visited four different stations. At the first station, students created kindness posters and took a pledge of kindness and unity by writing their name on a leaf and placing it on the Unity Tree. In the second station, Bedford alumni shared their experiences since graduating. Students had the opportunity to engage in conversations with the guests and ask questions to determine what they may want to do after high school. The third station focused on fun, with students playing corn hole, Jenga, ring toss and other outdoor activities. Students also entered a raffle to participate in afternoon pep rally activities. The final station featured the Cleveland Peacemakers group, who spoke to the students about the importance of making good decisions and how decisions they make today directly affect their lives tomorrow. This group of mentors helped students to build conflict resolutions skills and assisted them in creating goals for themselves.
In the afternoon, the students gathered in the stadium for a pep rally, which included performances from the band and cheerleaders. PBIS Students of the Month and class officers were also recognized at the rally.
Students were selected from the raffle earlier in the day to participate in rally activities including trivia, water balloon toss and an egg relay race. The keynote speaker for the afternoon was Mr. Hamilton, the father of Royce Hamilton, who passed away last school year. His message to the students centered around one theme: In a world where you can be anything, choose to be kind.
“It was a day filled with lots of positive energy and great resources for our students,” said Lewis.