Kingston: Silver Lake faculty flash-mobs students

It was “This Is Me Week” at Silver Lake Regional High School in Kingston, as in, “This is me, accept me as I am.” Students signed anti-bullying pledges, pledged to end the R-word and raised money for the Born This Way Foundation. Friday, students and teachers wore black, representing blackout bullying, and attended a brief, raucous end of the day assembly.

“We are really looking, at Silver Lake, to stamp out bullying and to have kids accept differences and celebrate diversity,” Silver Lake Principal Richard Kelley said.

Calvin Terrell spoke to the student body about those subjects January 25th and made a great impression. Kelley and the Guidance Department wanted to continue the commitment and devised This Is Me Week. It concluded with the end of the day assembly Friday in the gym.

Kelley praised the students for their efforts through the week. Then, saying, “I’m so proud of you, I feel like dancing,” he shed his outer shirt revealing a black tee-shirt with the phrase, “This Is Me” on it. Energetic music blasted through the speakers. In small groups, the entire faculty shed their outer shirts and joined the choreographed line dance on the gym floor. They all wore matching tee-shirts. The students cheered the flash-mobbing faculty.

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Charles Mathewson worked in print journalism for more than two decades as a reporter and editor, and has won several regional and national awards. He resides in Plymouth where he writes fiction and paints, when not producing award-winning news as a reporter for WATD.