It is that time of year of again when love is spreading throughout the halls of Hills West. Valentine’s Day is on its way and in the days leading up to the 14th, it is the perfect time to show your love and appreciation for someone. On February 8th, students had the chance to do so by participating in P.S. I Love You Day.
This event was brought to West by junior Sean Noriega, and its’ goal is to raise awareness about suicide and depression. On Friday, students wore purple to support the day and could buy shirts from Noriega with “P.S. I Love You” inscribed on them. “[P.S. I Love You Day] is something that shouldn’t be ignored and if students apply themselves it will be a success,” stated junior Justin Greene prior to the event.
Noriega was inspired by his friend, Brooke, who attends West Islip Senior High School. When Brooke’s father committed suicide in 2010, she created P.S. I Love You Day in order to turn something negative into something positive, as stated in her video “PS I Love You Day” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zp4_aLhZmDI). “I admire her so much as a person and believe her ideas should spread. As a society, we need to learn to think before we speak. It will make everyone coalesce better,” commented Noriega.
Many at West were very supportive of the cause. Senior Greg Georges explained, “For some, high school can be a daunting and scary place, [and P.S. I Love You Day] is supportive to those who need to know people care about them.” “The use of color and t-shirts will help bring attention to the cause and when [others] find out what the cause is they will be moved not only by their love to dress up but the fact they can support suicide prevention,” stated senior David Altenord.
“A lot of people consider suicide and don’t get help until its too late. [P.S. I Love You Day] shows those people that we want to help and are here for them,” commented sophomore Maya Gasiorowski. With all the support and attention garnered for P.S I Love You Day, its’ positive message will definitely be remembered by all at West.