The entire Boys’ Latin community proudly participated today in One Laker/One Love, a student-led initiative to end relationship violence.
As part of a partnership between the One Love Foundation and BL, upper school students formed the One Love Club. For over a year, the club has worked with faculty to organize a day of learning that would incorporate the school’s core values of courage, compassion and integrity while raising awareness about violence in relationships, how to recognize it, and how to prevent it.
Organizers felt strongly that “these conversations can not begin too early,” and were committed to including all grades, K – 12, taking care to design activities that were age appropriate. In discussions today, members of the lower school focused on respect and the “Golden Rule,” for example, and middle schoolers concentrated on peer relationships.
Upper schoolers watched and discussed “Escalation”, a film produced by the One Love Foundation about recognizing relationship violence, and listened to an address from Sharon Love, founder of One Love and the mother of NDP alum Yeardley Love, in whose memory the organization was founded after she was killed by her boyfriend at UVA in 2010.
“We are so moved by the students of Boys Latin. The young men who formed the One Love Club deserve all the credit for making this day happen. They are truly inspirational to all of us at One Love, and we are so grateful for their dedication, support and enthusiasm in helping end relationship violence,” said One Love Foundation Spokesperson Seanna Bruno.
The club has created its own public service announcement which members shared with their peers. The group also designed t-shirts to be distributed to everyone involved, organized an assembly leading up to today’s events and held a dress down day to raise funds to support the One Love Foundation.
“It is so important to meet our boys where they are, while preparing them for the next step in an increasingly complex world,” said faculty advisor Megan Kenney. “If we can give them the tools to identify the signs and symptoms of an unhealthy relationship – we should feel really good about that.”