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BL announces One Laker|One Love Day on April 10th

Lakers across campus will unite in a day long program on April 10th to engage in conversations that support the One Love mission

Click image below to view the One Laker|One Love Day student produce Public Service Announcement

As an all-boys, school, K-12, we are always looking for ways to better educate the young men with whom we work closely each day.  From the classroom, to the athletic field to the art studio, we strive to prepare each boy for all that they will encounter in their daily lives.  For the past 18 months, our students and faculty have been working on an important partnership that will support each of our core values:  courage, compassion and integrity.

As you may know, the One Love Foundation was founded in 2010 to honor Yeardley Reynolds Love who tragically lost her life to relationship violence.  The foundation is leading the charge in creating content and raising awareness through young adults about the warning signs of relationship violence.  In September, Boys’ Latin students in the upper school created a One Love club.  The student led group has a simple mission; to educate their peers about healthy relationships.  Through their work, and our responsibility as an institution for each and every one of our boys, we are proud to announce our first One Laker|One Love Day on April 10th.

One Laker|One Love Day will provide an opportunity for the entire BL community to engage in conversations that support the One Love mission, “to end relationship violence through education and technology.” We plan to extend this topic to an appropriate level for each of our boys as we work to “inspire others.”  In each division, we have formed a committee of administration and faculty members who are responsible for the creation of developmentally appropriate activities, lessons and speakers for their boys.  We will start our day as a community, and then our divisional work will have the following structure:
- Members of the lower school will focus on respect and the “Golden Rule.” 
- Our middle school plus the fifth grade will also focus on respect and peer relationships as well as build on what it means to be part of a team
- Our upper school plus the eighth grade will work directly with One Love and hear Sharon Love, mother of Yeardley, speak.  They will explore what healthy relationships are, what relationship violence can look like, and what they can do to “Be 1 for Change.”

Throughout the day, the boys’ work from the One Love club will be evident.  The club is currently working on their own public service announcement to share with their peers, designing t-shirts to be distributed to everyone involved, organizing an assembly leading up to April 10th, and having a dress down day to raise funds to support the One Love foundation.  Our day will extend into the afternoon as we host three varsity sporting events on campus, all of which will have a One Love presence.  We invite you to join us to cheer on our student athletes at the games.

We are thrilled to be organizing a day that we are proud of and that we know will have a positive impact on the boys.  We cannot thank you enough for your support through the Parents’ Association.  We are eager to make this day a reality, and we plan to communicate more divisional details as the date approaches. 

 

Independent Day School for Boys Grades K-12

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