Students showcase unity, positivity by ‘hugging’ their schools

December 6, 2016

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Lieder Elementary School students and staff encircle the school building on Nov. 18 for “Hug the School” day.

Dec. 6, 2016—Students at two CFISD elementary school campuses recently showcased their support and love for one another by encircling their school buildings in a giant “hug.”

A total of 1,020 students and 111 staff members at Lieder Elementary School reinforced the concept of caring for one another by holding a “Hug the School” event on Nov. 18.

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Lieder students and staff participate in a “Hug the School” event on Nov. 18. Pictured, from left, are fifth-grade students Joshua Martinez Andrade and Jonathan Cerna; Dr. Karen Stockton, principal; Daniel Padilla, student council president; Karen Mann, registrar; Blanca Warner, receptionist; and fifth-grade students Angelique Flores and Diana Barrientos.

Students and staff held hands and surrounded Lieder, a No Place for Hate campus, in order to display love and care for everyone at the school. The school added another fun element by utilizing the “Stephen Spangler Energy Stick,” which lights up when an electrical circuit is completed.

“Before the event we discussed how we, as a school, need to support and love each other by connecting with everybody,” said Dr. Karen Stockton, Lieder principal. “The students most assuredly felt the power of so many people being connected in a real, tangible way. Everyone enjoyed it tremendously and took the message to heart, as we see students continuing to work together to show each other respect and love daily.”

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Matzke Elementary School fourth-grade students, from left, Janell Gallegos, Annika Hayduchok and Laci Collins celebrate Unity Day at Matzke on Oct. 19 by embracing the school in a hug.

Matzke Elementary School celebrated Unity Day on Oct. 19 by embracing the school in a hug that included 990 students and 102 staff members.

The students and staff wore orange clothing and wristbands as the designated color of Unity Day, when students across America show they are united in an effort to spread kindness and acceptance while eliminating bullying and unkind behaviors.  

“This was a symbol of support for one another and our desire to make Matzke a place where everyone feels kindness and acceptance,” said Cathy Jacobs, Matzke principal.

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School Hugs 4: Matzke Elementary School students form a circle around the campus as part of a Unity Day celebration on Oct. 19. 

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