Kindness Is Not Hard to Find at Carle Place Middle School

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Carle Place Middle School female seventh- and eighth-grade students attended an assembly about girl-against-girl bullying on Dec. 3. Students were encouraged to bring their mothers to the program, which began with an introduction by Carle Place Middle School Principal Thomas DePaola.

Attendees viewed “Finding Kind,” a 77-minute film that documents the cross-country journey of filmmakers Lauren Parsekian and Molly Thompson, who met while in school at Pepperdine University. Together, the duo interviewed women and girls about their lives and personal experiences to learn more about female bullying, with the goal of generating kindness instead of hatred.

Following the viewing, parents had the opportunity to meet with school faculty members, while students worked with peer facilitators from the high school’s women’s studies class to discuss the issue of girl bullying. To conclude the evening’s breakout sessions, the groups reconvened to summarize their experiences.

“This event was a worthwhile experience for all involved,” said Carle Place High School women’s studies teacher Joan Caliendo. “Not only was the documentary great for parents and students alike, but the high school facilitators also commented on how satisfying and rewarding it was to help bring a program like this to the middle school.”