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Dryden Lions are "United in Kindness" everyday with everyone!  
Click here to read about the amazing mental health work taking place at Dryden Central School District!

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The Sophie Fund, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit charitable corporation established to support mental health initiatives aiding young people in greater Ithaca and Tompkins County. It supports programs and projects; raises awareness and fights the stigma around mental illness and treatment; advances a “zero suicide” ethos in the community; and serves as a community advocate for young people struggling with mental illness.

The Sophie Fund works closely with local government authorities, nonprofit agencies, university administrators, youth organizations, and mental health specialists in efforts aimed at achieving tangible results. Through a fund set up at the Community Foundation of Tompkins County in April 2016, The Sophie Fund provides financial grants to organizations.

Dryden schools along with other school districts and agencies throughout Tompkins County are joining together and participating in The United In Kindness Campaign.  October is National Bullying Prevention Month,; October 2nd is World Day of Bullying Prevention and October the 18th is Unity Day celebrating kindness, acceptance and inclusion. 

Dryden Schools will be celebrating our commitment to kindness in a BIG way during October but are committed to this Every Day!

Photos of Dryden students, staff, and faculty celebrating united in kindness campaign and giving back to the community

Look at the calendar for upcoming events at school and in the community!


DASA (Dignity for All Students Act)

New York State’s Dignity for All Students Act (The Dignity Act) seeks to provide the State’s public elementary and secondary school students with a safe and supportive environment free from discrimination, intimidation, taunting, harassment, bullying, and cyberbullying on school property, a school bus and/or at a school function.

“The Dignity Act prohibits acts of harassment and bullying, including cyberbullying and/or discrimination, by employees or students on school property or at a school function, including but not limited to such conduct those based on a student’s actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender (defined to include gender identity and expression), or sex.”  Education Law 11[8]

Dignity Act Coordinators

Dryden High School:

Mary Hicks

607-844-8694 ext. 5225

Dryden Middle School: Ellen Stelick 607-844-8694, ext. 4204 Dryden Elementary School: Allison Peyus 607-844-8694, ext.  1483

Freeville & Cassavant Elementary Schools:

Kathryn Twigg

607-844-8694, ext. 1418 

Parent support groups regarding mental health

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Thriving With Your Spirited Child! Starts October 4th!
(7) Wednesdays October 4-November 15, 6:30-8:00pm

@ Your device on ZOOM!  


Spirited Children are just a little “more” of everything. Quicker to cry, louder, stubborn,  more sensitive... none of the advice seems to work and you feel like you’re all alone   


This 7-week workshop series is for parents and caregivers who want to learn additional tools to effectively and supportively raise their spirited child(ren). Learn how to understand a child's (and your own) temperamental traits, identify clues leading up to challenging behaviors, cope with tantrums and blow-ups, and develop strategies for reducing or eliminating power struggles. The workshop is led by trained facilitators, Serena Ward and Mandy Beem-Miller.


Series meets (7) Wednesdays October 4, 11, 18 & 25 and November 1, 8 & 15, 6:30-8:00pm. Note: no one may join this class after October 11. 


Participants are encouraged, but not required, to first attend a series of PS: It Works! Workshop Series (PSWS). Please note that preference is given to Tompkins County residents.

There is no charge to attend this workshop.

Space is limited.  Register online today!