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Martin Luther King Jr. Inspires Students to Dream Big

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The hopes and dreams of fifth graders at Bayville Intermediate School were creatively displayed on squares of paper that will be joined together to form a dream quilt in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. After learning about Dr. King, students used their artistic talents to represent their own dreams for the world. The fifth graders had beautiful dreams including a world where nobody goes hungry, all pets find a home, everyone is kind to each other and the coronavirus pandemic ends. The individual squares created by each student will be joined together by art teacher Donna Chaplin to create the dream quilt. Ms. Chaplin said the project helps children express themselves through creativity.

Students in Brittany Fassari’s class learned that Dr. King worked to make the world a better place. These Bayville Intermediate School students also shared their dreams, tracing their own hands to place on a picture of the world. Ms. Fassari told the students that these handprints represent their handprint on the world. The class worked together to create a list of ways in which they could make the world a better place. Each student then wrote their own wish for the world on their handprint. Showing people more love, helping the elderly and picking up trash were among the dreams these students had. 

Bayville Intermediate and Primary School students joined the Student Council in a Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, bringing in cans of soup and dressing as their favorite “souper” heroes. The costumes were a reminder of some of the heroes that make our world a better place, such as medical professionals. Many boxes were filled with soup cans that were donated to the Village Church of Bayville’s food pantry.  

Saluting Our Veterans

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Giving thanks to our country’s veterans was the theme throughout Locust Valley Central School District in honor of Veterans Day, celebrated on Nov. 11.

Elementary school students took out their colored pencils, crayons and markers to create cards and signs thanking veterans for their service. At Ann MacArthur Primary School, Lenore Madsen’s second graders worked collaboratively to create a colorful and patriotic sign expressing their thanks. Students colored individual grids and then worked together to assemble the sign, in the fashion of a puzzle. As each grid was placed, that student would call out the coordinates of the piece that was needed next. Ms. Madsen said while focusing on the sacrifices that veterans make for our country, the students were also expressing creativity and learning to follow directions. 

Three classes at Bayville Intermediate School created cards for veterans and then through Google Meet asked two veterans questions about their service and, of course, thanked them. The discussion included students from Julianna Caputo’s, Mikele Galligan’s and Kelly Price’s classes. Students from each class asked the veterans about life in the military, what they missed while they were serving and how they decided which branch of the military to join. 

Locust Valley High School students listened to a message during morning announcements about Veterans Day, followed by a ceremony in front of the school in which student leaders spoke about the meaning of the day. They then delivered flowers to local veterans. 

Many other classes throughout the district also created cards and focused on lessons recognizing the sacrifice of our veterans.

On behalf of our school families and staff, the Locust Valley Central School District thanks our veterans for the sacrifices they have made to ensure the freedoms that we enjoy in the United State of America.