SPARTA, NJ – The Helen Morgan Elementary School capped of the celebration of the Week of Respect with two different activities on Friday.  Anyone entering the building that day may have been confused because it was Switch Day; a day when students dressed as staff and staff dressed as students.  In addition to that it was Million Misfit Sock Make a Difference Day.

“Students and staff wore mismatched socks to celebrate our differences,” said one of the event organizers Karin Rennie. 

Cherie Shefferman was the other organizer.  She said, “Our students, along with hundreds of thousands of students across the country wore mismatched socks to celebrate unique differences and take a stand against bullying.”

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Teachers Rennie and Shefferman organized an assembly for the students.  For a few weeks the Helen Morgan family of students and staff had been practicing the words to two songs; Everyday People by Sly and the Family Stone and What I Am by Will I Am.

The students met in the cafeteria Friday afternoon where they were led in song by Shefferman’s husband, Steven.  “A gifted musician,” added Rennie.

Many classes also shared the presentations celebrating good character that they had created during the week of Respect.  There were class cheers, dances, character songs, skits, handshakes and poems. 

“It's a fun way to highlight the importance of good character, inclusion and accepting differences,” said Rennie.  “Wow, it was a fantastic celebration.  Kind of like being at a rock concert.”

“Overall, the Million Misfit Sock event was a wonderful success. In fact, many of the teachers and students have asked if we can do more character assemblies like it all throughout the year,” said Shefferman.  “We will definitely plan to do just that.”