McGann-Mercy HS Student Fights Bigotry & Hatred
The Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County recognized a McGann-Mercy North High School student who has used his leadership position to encourage other students to treat everyone with dignity and respect.
Kevin Butterfield has been a student leader in a number of areas, but regardless of the context, Butterfield’s actions perfectly embody his school’s motto — “Live Mercy” — according to his guidance counselor, Mr. Lombardi. Butterfield has been named “Upstander of the Month” for always challenging bigoted comments, recognizing the value of all cultures, peaceful resolution to conflict and an attitude of inclusion.
He encourages others to join him in his efforts to create a welcoming school through the Ambassador Club and the East End Youth Leadership Conference. Butterfield’s commitment is perhaps exemplified by his long-term friendship with a young man from a different religious background. Together they wrote a poem, which has received a poetry award.
“We are proud to recognize Kevin and wish him continued success during his senior year,” says Dr. Sarah Cushman, director of youth education at the Center.
Each month the Center accepts nominations from teachers, civic leaders, family and friends of a Long Island youth that has implemented the Center’s mission by advocating respect for all people. The student’s action as an Upstander could be one of intervention or prevention. The Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County is the pre-eminent Holocaust and Tolerance resource on Long Island, with a contemporary museum and is one of the largest and most comprehensive education program providers in the region. #
To nominate a student for “Upstander of the Month” or learn more, email Dr. Cushman at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 516-571-8040 ext. 106.