Written by Kimberly Greenwald, firstname.lastname@example.org Thursday, 20 February 2014 12:05
On Feb. 6, students from Garden City Middle School conducted anti-bullying lessons with fifth-grade students from Stratford and Stewart Elementary Schools. In an effort to help build bridges between schools, students worked together to help identify ways of eliminating or standing up to bullying in our community.
The presenters, eighth-grade student members of the middle school L.E.A.D.E.R.S. program, (LEADERS stands for L=leave no one out; E=empower yourself; A=Amuse with humor; D=Distract the bully; E=Enlist help; R=Rumors stop with you; S=Support the victim) spent several months planning for this special event. During the students’ lunch period, the group developed a lesson plan, researched bullying facts, identified age-appropriate anti-bullying games and activities, and created a classroom pledge for each class to adopt.
The lessons focused on acceptance, tolerance, and an appreciation of diversity. During each peer lesson, fifth-graders participated in a variety of activities emphasizing “upstander” intervention. The teams, guided by Keegan Baker and Kimberly Greenwald, were excited to pilot the new program and look forward to many more community team-building experiences in the future.
In addition to this year’s kids-helping-kids event, a pen pal activity has been established between 7th-grade Home Base classes and each 5th-grade elementary school class. Throughout the remaining part of the year, students will have the opportunity to foster new friendships through a variety of letter writing activities. Not only will this activity help the fifth-graders transition more efficiently to sixth grade, but they will get a sneak peek into the life of a middle school student.
Kimberly Greenwald is a teacher at Garden City Middle School
Thursday, 30 October 2014 00:00
Donald Barrick, Life’s WORC Board Chairman announced that Janet Koch has been hired as the new Executive Director of Life’s WORC, a Garden City-based 501(c) (3) not-for-profit corporation. Koch assumes this leadership responsibility as Peter Smergut retires after 20 years in this position. After a thorough and extensive executive search process, the Life’s WORC Board is confident Koch has the vision and skills consistent with the needs of the organization. She will assume her position as executive director on Monday, Nov. 3.
Sunday, 26 October 2014 00:00
Holiday shopping at Resurrection’s Christmas Fair combines fine quality, handmade gift items at reasonable prices. Members of Resurrection Lutheran Church have worked all year to create Christmas decorations, ornaments, and gift items. Beautiful table runners, scarves, hats, baby quilts, doll clothes for 18-inch dolls, and hand-painted wooden items are affordably priced to suit any budget. Find unique gifts for that special someone. Other displays feature jewelry, toys, books, games, baked goods, and treasures at the White Elephant Sale.
Net proceeds go to support mission work at Resurrection and The Life. Additional funding is awarded through Care Abounds in Communities, of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.
Thursday, 30 October 2014 10:58
High School Jazz Class Added To Dance Conservatory
Dance Conservatory Director Felicia Lovaglio has decided to add a jazz class for students in 9th through 12th grades who are residents of the Incorporated Village of Garden City. This 55-minute class will be held on Saturdays at 4 p.m. beginning on Saturday, Nov. 8. The cost of this 20-week class will be $200. Preregistration is necessary by visiting the recreation and parks office at 108 Rockaway Ave.
Adult Dance Performance Group Now Registering
The recreation and parks department offers an adult dance group that works on jazz and contemporary moves and leads up to a performance in a Dance Company Showcase. Whether you are a beginner dance student or someone who danced as a child and would like to try again, this program will help you achieve your goals. Classes will be held on Saturday mornings beginning Saturday, Nov. 8. Each class is 55 minutes long and the session will run through May. The cost of this program will be $220.
Thursday, 23 October 2014 09:43
With the fall sports season upon us, the department of recreation and parks would like to remind all residents that pets are not allowed in any neighborhood parks, Community Park, or St. Paul’s fields. Non compliance with this rule will result in the issuance of appearance tickets.
Register For The Online Registration Option
Garden City’s Department of Recreation and Parks will offer the option of online registration with credit card payment beginning with its winter programs in early December.
In order for a family to use the online registration option, the family will first need to visit the recreation and parks office at 108 Rockaway Ave. to verify residency and their family information and receive their password. A list of instructions as to how to use the website will be included.