Frost’s Fourth P.S. I Love You Day Shows Students That They Matter

Frost’s Fourth P.S. I Love You Day Shows Students That They Matter

Purple shirts were sighted everywhere on Feb. 8 as P.S. I Love You Day was celebrated at Robert Frost for the fourth year in a row. The shirts served as reminders to stand against bullying and prevent suicide.

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. The event, held each year on the second Friday of February, promotes positive messages of love, acceptance and community, symbolized by the color purple.

Guided by teachers Dani Iadevaia and Denise Tassey, the school’s student council posted notes with inspirational messages on every student's locker, made candygrams, and wrapped purple ribbon around the trees in front of the school.

“We participate in P.S. I Love You Day because the world we live in right now focuses so much on the negative things that happen around us,” said Tassey. “Unfortunately, our students know about suicide and have lost someone they love to it. We have students who think their lives don’t matter when they do matter. Every single one of us on this earth matters, and our student council wanted to make sure of that. We also challenged students every day that week to do something nice for someone, whether it was a smile at someone they didn’t know, to sit with someone they don’t know, or just help out someone who looks like they could use help. So many people were wearing purple that day, and it was just so amazing to see that we can make a difference and help people – even if it’s just a few – know that they are loved.”