P.S. Promotes Unity at Deer Park Schools

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Last month’s snowstorm forced purple-clad students at the high school and Robert Frost to move their annual observance of P.S. I Love You Day from Feb. 10 to Feb. 14, but the spirit of unity and positivity was undimmed.

The nonprofit organization P.S. I Love You Day was started in 2010 by West Islip teenager Brooke DiPalma, following the tragic suicides of her father and a senior at her school. Held annually on the second Friday of February, the day promotes positive messages of love, acceptance and community, symbolized by the color purple.

“We decorated each student’s locker and staff member’s door or desk with messages of positivity and inclusiveness,” said Community Service Club adviser Christine DiProperzio, who organized the event along with Student Council adviser Kristen Salemi. “It is our hope that the students will know how much they matter to us.”