Each year, one BHS sophomore is selected to be an ambassador at HOBY (The Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Seminar). While at HOBY, senior Nikki Metzger, junior Max Kesten, and sophomore Grace Shaw met a girl named Brooke DiPalma, the founder of P.S. I Love You Day, and decided to bring PS I Love You to the middle and high school in Briarcliff.
P.S. I Love You Day was started after Brooke’s father, a retired police officer, committed suicide one day after dropping her off at school. The last words that Brooke said to him were, “I love you.” Brooke created P.S. I Love You Day as a way to promote suicide prevention and anti-bullying. Nikki, Max, and Grace feel it’s a way of giving back to the community that gave them the opportunities to develop their leadership skills.
This year, P.S. I Love You Day was held on Friday, February 8. Nikki, Max, and Grace ran grade-wide forums with the 6th, 7th and 8th graders at BMS throughout the week leading up to the event. With their PowerPoint presentation, they encouraged everyone in the school to wear purple that day, to sign an anti-bullying pledge, and to write positive messages on purple Post-It notes that would be placed around the school, to cover the school in positive messages of tolerance and kindness. In the high school, flyers were posted promoting the awareness day and to wear purple on P.S. I Love You Day.