What’s Right With Schools: Ellington H.S U-Knighted Week

ELLINGTON, Conn (WTNH)–A strategy session is being held inside a conference room at Ellington High School.

The purpose is to capitalize on momentum on this years U-Knighted week.

Students are taking action to inject diversity into their school community.

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“This years theme was self acceptance and self awareness so we chose to focus on making sure we are aware of ourselves so we can be aware of others,” said Alexandra Hintze.

Students take a pledge to be proactive in the spreading the message of positivity and inclusion.

“We kind of strive to individualize everybody to appreciate themselves and everybody around them,” said Collin Berube.

Changing perspectives and encouraging others to stand up for others if they see bullying happening.

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Cheering on their classmates to be true to themselves.

“Do what makes you happy,” said Hintze.

A major part of the program is getting the message out on social media, which at times can be a minefield of negativity.

This years game-plan is to use this weeks theme and hashtag to drown out any hate.

“I think the fact that there are so many positive people like us making that positive footprint. the more positive people there are the less you will pay attention to that negativity,” said Renae Giard.

Each student is doing what they can to stay united.

“Be true, be kind, be you,” said the students.

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