For Lynbrook High School’s Annual Human Relations Day, students in the Leadership/Key Club once again put together a program of guest speakers that motivated their fellow students to delve into an array of issues facing young people today, provoking their classmates to take action to make their school and the world a better place.
Among the topics discussed were drug addition, self-esteem, tolerance, bullying, cybercrimes, community service and organ donation.This year’s event had two keynote speakers.
Dr. Jeffrey Reynolds of the Long Island Council of Alcohol and Drug Dependence spoke about the dangers of drugs and alcohol.
Motivational speaker Pete Hawkins, who was paralyzed in a car accident at theage of 17 at the hands of a drunk driver, spoke about overcoming obstacles.
Representatives of the American Cancer Society’s Camp Adventure spoke with students about the work they do to bring joy to children with cancer.
Long Beach resident Bryan Murphy talked about how he harnessed the power of the Internet to help his community in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.
Jeff Fenn of the Long Island Transplant Recipients International Organizationspoke with students about the importance of becoming an organ donor.
Through a series of thought-provoking exercises, Nicole Sieben of LGBTQ helped students to think beyond traditional gender roles and biases.
In another moving presentation, titled “Forgiving Kevin,” Larry Glenz, a former Lynbrook High School social studies teacher and lacrosse coach, spoke about the personal tragedy he and his family endured when his son Kevin became addicted to heroin, a drug that took his life shortly after he seemed to finally be on the road to recovery.
As part of another longstanding tradition, the High School PTA prepared its annual Multicultural Luncheon for students and staff, which included a cornucopia of foods representing the many cultures that make up the Lynbrook community.In addition to Human Relations Day, the Leadership/Key Club also organizes the homecoming festivities, school blood drives, and holiday food and toy drives, as well as fundraising activities for various charities.
Club members work under the guidance ofadviser Allison Goodman.