Sixth-Graders Get Inspired to Take Action with WE Movement

Sixth-Graders Get Inspired to Take Action with WE Movement photo

Sixth-graders at Rye Neck Middle School welcomed motivational speaker Juno Wheeler and representative Michaela Henley from the WE Schools program to their school on Feb. 12. During the assembly, the students – who have been learning how to be digitally responsible – worked in groups to discuss ways they can make a difference in the world.

WE Schools is a movement that challenges young people to identify real-world challenges or issues that spark their passion and empowers them with the necessary tools to take action. Over the next several weeks, the students will team up with their peers during their FLEX classes to brainstorm ideas and implement their action plans to spread awareness about digital citizenship and responsibility. 

“We’ll be in communication with the WE representatives to help plan lessons and activities and guide us in helping students create action plans for the issue,” said teacher Kelly Addorisio, who co-organized the program with fellow teacher Vincent Scozzari. 

Some of the topics the students will explore include cyberbullying and different methods for spreading kindness and positivity online. Addorisio and Scozzari will lead the students and assist them with their WE projects. 

“We hope students will be inspired to take action to support the issues that they care about and in the process learn how they can be leaders and true agents of change in their school and local community,” Addorisio said. “By collaborating on projects and initiatives that spread awareness about digital citizenship and responsibility, the students will be inspired to lead the charge in promoting these ideas at Rye Neck Middle School and beyond.”

For more information on WE Schools, visit www.we.org/we-schools/program/campaigns/we-are-aware.