A recent event in one of our schools speaks to a number of the points in the Positive Core of the Colchester School District Vision and Strategic Plan 2012–2017, including:
• Our community cares for its young people;
• The parents are involved in the schools;
• We have responsible and respectful students; and
• We have invested and talented employees.
Malletts Bay School—in collaboration with the National Honor Society, the MBS PTO, and the MBS Unified Arts team—recently hosted a Lucky Day Carnival and dance party for more than two hundred students.
Nearly a month of planning went into the carnival extravaganza. Principal Julie Benay and the MBS physical education teachers organized carnival-style games, including Ramp-O-Rama, Pin the Hat on the Leprechaun, bowling for leprechauns, a bean bag toss, a leprechaun costume contest, and more. Eleven members of Colchester High School’s National Honor Society students ran the games for the MBS Ospreys, while Sheila Clark’s fifth graders demonstrated Irish dancing that they learned in music class, and Jenny Bittner organized face painting and crafts. The MBS PTO provided decorations, music, prizes, and a snack bar.
The event also raised three boxes of food for the Colchester Community Food Shelf.
Why is this important?
We talk a great deal about the many ways in which our school communities and our greater community support one another, and it is really important because community spirit has a snowballing effect; when our community members see our students making substantial efforts, they are more likely to support our students … and when our students feel supported, they are more likely to give back. The entire community benefits when everyone commits to making ongoing positive contributions. For many people, the term community simply boils down to a feeling—a feeling of camaraderie, of shared vision, of similar desires for the present and hopes for the future.
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