(NOVEMBER 2022)—In celebration of the Thanksgiving holiday, students in Valley Stream 24 Schools participated in various activities to remind themselves of what they are thankful for. “This is the time of year when we are most reminded of what it is we are grateful for and the value of family and friends. It was truly wonderful and inspiring to see our students come together, celebrate the blessings in their lives, share with each other and publicly acknowledge to each other the things and people they are most grateful for this holiday season, ” said Dr. Don Sturz, Superintendent of Valley Stream 24 Schools. “On behalf of our Board of Education and Administration, we extend our deep appreciation to the Valley Stream 24 community for their unwavering support and commitment to our students' well-being and education.”
At Brooklyn Avenue Elementary School, students participated in a Morning of Gratitude during which they wrote down what they were grateful for. The activity also included the students coloring in their turkey feathers with words of gratefulness to be shared with their fellow classmates. The students also enjoyed a holiday feast before heading into the Thanksgiving break.
At William L. Buck Elementary School, students participated in their school’s annual Grateful Gallop, an activity designed to engage the students’ minds as well as bodies. Students ran around the Grateful Gallop course and were thrilled to cross the finish line in honor of all the people and things they were grateful for. The students also created gratitude jars to illustrate what they were thankful for. From family and friends to school food, and freedoms enjoyed, students, shared all that they have and were feeling grateful for.
At Robert W. Carbonaro Elementary School, students crafted their own placements to be used while sitting down together to enjoy juice and snacks for their “Friendsgiving” feast. They shared with each other what they were thankful for and watched an instructional video on how to color their turkeys on their iPads. Students also created a Thankful Tree where they colored in the trees, cut out leaves to attach, and wrote down what they were thankful for.
(NOVEMBER 2022)—Valley Stream 24 students honored Veterans Day by participating in various activities and classroom lessons to learn about the holiday and why it holds so much significance for Americans.
“Learning about the sacrifices men and women in our armed services have made throughout our country's history is an important civics lesson for our students. Through the activities and lesson plans we build around Veterans Day, our students come away with a deeper admiration for those who have served and a more profound appreciation for the freedoms and liberties we enjoy as Americans," said Dr. Don Sturz, Superintendent of Valley Stream 24 Schools.
Valley Stream 24 students spent the week reading about veterans and writing thank you letters. Some of the letters will be delivered to the local Veterans Affairs (VA) office and some will go to the local Elks Lodge for distribution to its veteran members. The beautifully written, hand-crafted letters will show the veterans the great appreciation the students have for their service. Along with the letters, students painted their hands with patriotic colors to create the American flag and decorated their envelopes. The students also colored in their Veterans Day posters while watching videos about the day.
(NOVEMBER 2022)— All three Valley Stream 24 schools participated in Red Ribbon Week-inspired Spirit Week, with students participating in classroom activities and lessons designed to highlight the 2022 National Red Ribbon Week theme of Celebrate Life. Life Drug-Free.
Red Ribbon Week was first celebrated in 1988 to promote awareness of the dangers of alcohol and drugs. The week-long celebration is sponsored by the National Family Partnership (NFP), a nonprofit organization created by concerned parents who felt they needed to take action with drug prevention. Today, the organization not only focuses on drug prevention but also advocates for the emotional and physical well-being of youth. . Valley Stream 24 uses this cause to educate students that their physical, mental, and emotional well-being is just as important as their education.
During Red Ribbon Week, Brooklyn Avenue Elementary School was visited by Brian Steckler, an Elk’s Lodge #1 representative. The organization donated red ribbons to the students and the Valley Stream 24 community to promote Red Ribbon Week. Brooklyn Avenue families were also invited to the school to share the school’s spirit and join in a family spirit day photo.
Part of the Red Ribbon Week tradition is each day having its own theme. For example, on Dress Up as Your Future Career Day, Robert W. Carbonaro Elementary School students dressed up as what they wanted to be in the future. For some students, that meant coming to school dressed as their favorite teacher or Rosario Iacono, Principal of Robert W. Carbonaro Elementary School. On Team Up to Stand Up Day, William L. Buck Elementary School students and teachers wore team shirts to stand up against drug and alcohol abuse.