Students Learn Life Lessons During Human Relations Day

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Lynbrook High School student government members, with the guidance of advisor Mary Kirby, hosted the school’s annual Human Relations Day on Feb. 14. Students heard from an array of inspiring individuals and organizations throughout the school day, including key note speaker Rohan Murphy. 

The student body gathered in the school gymnasium where Mr. Murphy, a motivational speaker and former star wrestler, spoke about overcoming obstacles since being born with deformed legs. The presentation inspired students to always strive to reach their goals and to not hold back when challenges present themselves. 

Other speakers also visited classrooms. These included Joe Slaninka from the Henry Viscardi School, members of the Lynbrook Police Department, Ruthanne McCormack from the RVC Coalition, Joanna Formant from SIBS Place, “Impractical Jokers” star Joe Gatto, Jeff Fenn from Long Island TRIO, Holocaust speaker Kathy Griesz and more. The day allowed students to learn more about topics such as living with disabilities, gender identity, organ donations, police encounters, kindness, respect and empowerment for young women.   

As part of another tradition at the high school, the Lynbrook High School PTA prepared its annual Multicultural Luncheon for students and staff during the day, which included a variety of food representing the many cultures that make up the Lynbrook community.