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LI students travel to Manhattan to join thousands in anti-bullying event

Valley Stream North High School teacher Susan Filoteo,

Valley Stream North High School teacher Susan Filoteo, left, and student Kashmiraa Pandit will travel to New York's Carnegie Hall in Manhattan on Thursday for an anti-bullying event. Credit: Kashmiraa Pandit

Students from several Long Island high schools will travel to Manhattan's Carnegie Hall today to join thousands of their peers at a Be Strong anti-bullying gathering, and more than 200,000 other students nationwide have registered to watch the event simulcast online.

Be Strong is a nonprofit that aims to prevent bullying by training students in ways to bring about change in their schools by recognizing and helping others who may need a hand.

“One simple act of kindness could change their outlook on life,” says Kashmiraa Pandit, 15, a sophomore at Valley Stream North High School and one of 46 students from her school who will be attending the Manhattan event. Pandit has been chosen as a Be Strong ambassador, which means she will lead the development of the student-led program at her school, says Valley Stream North teacher Susan Filoteo.

People who wish to watch the program can tune in beginning at 10:30 a.m.; the event starts at 11 a.m. at

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