IS 162 is committed to maintaining a safe and supportive learning environment that is free from harassment, intimidation and/or bullying and from discrimination based on actual or perceived race, color, citizen-ship/immigration status, religion, creed, national origin, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, or weight.
The NYC DOE launched the citywide Respect For All program in 2007 to build the capacity of staff and students to actively promote a community of inclusion in each of our schools. The seeds of Respect For All (RFA) were sown in the aftermath of 9/11, when the NYC DOE began a concerted citywide effort to promote respect for diversity and combat harassment, discrimination and bullying. This initiative provided professional development for K-12 school staff, as well as direct services to students. The goal of this work is to ensure that every NYC school provides a learning environment where all children feel safe, valued and respected.
Our theme this year for Respect for All Week is Choose Kind. CHOOSE KIND IS THE MOVEMENT INSPIRED BY THE STORY WONDER WRITTEN BY R.J. PALACIO. Wonder is an uplifting and inspiring book, Wonder tells the heart-warming story of August Pullman. Born with facial differences that up until now, have prevented him from going to a mainstream school, August enters the fifth grade an unlikely hero. But by undergoing a range of learning experiences with his peers, teachers and family, August shows that it’s perfectly okay to stand out and that simple kindness can go a long way. The movement encourages people to create and spread more kindness in the world. The movement hopes to build a positive and inspirational social change across the country, inspiring people to practice random acts of kindness every day.
“If you have a choice between being right and being kind, choose kind."
-Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
This quote by Dr. Dyer, introduced as a precept by Mr. Browne, on the first day of school in Wonder, set the tone for the rest of the year at Beecher Prep. It also set the tone for Wonder, a book that, on the outside is about a boy with a craniofacial difference but in its heart and soul, is about kindness. The theme of kindness and tolerance are what made Wonder resonate with so many people around the world.