Character Education Shines Bright at North Middle School

Photo of Paul and Students
Photo of Paul Speaking
Before the start of their Thanksgiving break, eighth-graders at Lynbrook North Middle School participated in an engaging character education program by motivational speaker Paul Failla on Nov. 22. Failla, a professional actor, author and former police officer, spoke to students in an effort to empower them to create a school climate of civility, respect and acceptance. 

Students listened as Failla discussed topics such as ethical decision making, avoiding destructive decisions, leadership, diversity, bullying and harassment. He also tackled the importance of tolerance and encouraged students to be true to themselves and define their own values in life. 

“One of my goals in my character education program is that students think of the things in their life that are important,” said Failla. “And how through discretion or indiscretion, they can either enhance or destroy their professional and personal lives.” 

Through Failla’s humor and storytelling abilities, students connected to him as he shared examples from his own life and the lives of others that he has met.   

Before leaving, Failla encouraged each of the students to tell someone close to them that they love them and write to him about what they took away from the program. In addition, a lip sync performance from students and Failla of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” closed out the assembly on a high note. 

“I think this presentation was really amazing and that it impacted our grade,” said eighth-grader Isabella Sferrazza. “I felt that having him come in to speak with us was really nice and I want to thank him.”