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Kids Helping Kids

Middle schoolers stage anti-bullying program

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

News

The Senior Advisory Committee is the Senior group that helps plan trips, parties, and programs for all seniors in cooperation with the recreation and parks department. It consists of: Kathy Auro, Richard Bankowsky, Evelyn Iagrossi, Joe Leto, Ellen Moynahan, and Gloria Weinrich. Please feel free to suggest trips to anyone on the committee.

Preparedness is the best remedy for Ebola

Winthrop University Hospital hosted a presentation on the current Ebola epidemic, at the Garden City Library, on Tuesday, Nov. 11. Sponsored by the village’s Property Owners’ Associations, John F. Collins, president and CEO of Winthrop University Hospital and Dr. Michael Ammazzalorso, Winthrop’s Chief Medical Officer provided an overview of the disease along with an update on Winthrop’s preparedness plan.

Dr. Ammazzalorso began his presentation heeding that despite the waning in the press, the disease is still with us. He provided both historical and current day perspectives regarding the epidemic, advising that Ebola is not a new disease. The medical community has been aware of the disease for at least 40 years. Originating in the Congo, Ebola is a zoonosis a disease which has its reservoir in animals and was known for small sporadic outbreaks associated with people who handled bats and rodents or those who consumed bush meat. The current outbreak originated in West Africa, specifically Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia. He noted in Africa that more than 45,000 people have died from the disease.


Sports

Learn And Play Paddle Tennis

The recreation and parks department will offer beginner level platform tennis lessons at Community Park’s Platform Courts. This five-week course will offer the basic instruction and will be taught by certified platform instructor Sue Tarzian. Each class will be 1.5 hours in length. The cost of this program is $187.50. Classes began the week of Nov. 5. The following classes will be offered:

Beginners - Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

Advanced Beginners – Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

This program is for beginners only and participants must be Garden City residents. To register, visit the recreation office at 108 Rockaway Ave.

Learn And Play Paddle Tennis

The recreation and parks department will offer beginner level platform tennis lessons at Community Park’s Platform Courts. This five-week course will offer the basic instruction and will be taught by certified platform instructor Sue Tarzian. Each class will be 1.5 hours in length. The cost of this program is $187.50. Classes begin the week of Nov. 5. The following classes will be offered:

Beginners - Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

Advanced Beginners – Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

This program is for beginners only and participants must be Garden City residents. To register, please visit the recreation office at 108 Rockaway Ave. Space is limited so please register early.


Calendar

Sultans of String to play

Friday, November 21

Garden City Chamber Music Society Performance

Sunday, November 23

Marvelous Movie Matinée

Monday, November 24



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