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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

In an earlier column, Mayor John Watras shared some helpful tips on how to secure your property in preparation for a hurricane. The following are additional recommendations on what you can do now to be prepared in the event that a major storm hits Long Island.

As the storm approaches, customers should take the following steps to prepare for the arrival of either a hurricane or tropical storm:

New online company debuts

Two Long Island childhood friends, Scott Reich and Michael Winik, recently left their respective careers as an attorney and investment banker to pursue their dream of starting a business together, online food market OurHarvest.

“When Mike and I decided to start a business, we knew it had to reflect our shared love of food, address the lifestyles of our fellow Long Islanders, and be socially responsible,” said Reich.


Sports

Stretching tips for the high school athlete

Prior to the start of high school running season, Garden City’s Physical Therapy Options (PTO) had an opportunity to provide a presentation to members of Sacred Heart Academy’s cross country team. Team members gathered at Garden City’s New York Running Company to learn strategies and tips for a successful fall season.

PTO staff members Dr. Meghan Goetz, Doctor of Physical Therapy, and PTO Aide Mike Murphy discussed the importance of stretching to prevent injury and provided strategies and tips for success for the high school runner.

The league started on Saturday, Sept. 13 at Garden City’s Tullamore Park. It runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. A uniform shirt and soccer balls are provided. Cleats and soccer shorts are recommended and players must wear shin guards. Age groups range from pre-k through 12th grade. Garden City residents and non-Garden City residents are welcome. Middle school and high school age volunteers are needed. No soccer experience is necessary. If you have any other questions, please contact Andy Garger at ajgarger@verizon.net or 516-775-8058.

— Submitted by the Challenger Soccer League


Calendar

Garden City High School Homecoming

Saturday, October 25

Marvelous Movie Matinée

Monday, October 27

A Map Of Artistic Inspiration

Saturday, November 1



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