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Massapequa Observer - Schools

Ending The ‘R-Word’

Members of the National Honor Society at Plainedge High School created a mission to eradicate the r-word from student vocabulary. Typically held in March, the students launched a Spread the Word campaign, asking their peers to pledge, as part of their New Year’s resolutions, to no longer use the word “retarded” and its variations. Seniors Deepika Dhawan, Monica Marshall, Lynne Rader and Stephanie Slovak solicited pledges from more than 150 students and staff prior to the holiday break. The school’s Robotics Club donated pins to help spread the word, and the Art Club created posters announcing the pledge drive. This national campaign was brought to the student’s attention by a special education teacher at the school.