Forty-eight staff members at Eastern Suffolk BOCES Masera Learning Center wore purple to bring awareness to P.S. I Love You Day. Principal Michelle Carpenter said, “We wanted to spread a message of love, anti- bullying, and to promote mental health awareness in the school. The staff united as a force of togetherness against tragedy.”
P.S. I Love You Day, held on the second Friday of February, began in 2010 when a West Islip middle school student experienced a terrible tragedy. Her father committed suicide. One month later a student in her school district committed suicide. The suicides brought West Islip together and made each person realize just how truly precious life is.
Founder, daughter, and student Brooke DiPalma created P.S. I Love You Day because, as stated on the website, “The more love we spread, the less bullying will occur, and the more lives we can save.”
The goal of P.S. I Love You Day is not to collect donations, though the non-profit organization does accept donations which provide scholarships to students, but to have hundreds or thousands of people wear purple on P.S. I Love You Day to bring awareness and a positive message of love.