This holiday season is a special time for families to commemorate and to enjoy their traditions. Our schools will be closed this season from Monday, December 22 through Friday, January 2. Schools will reopen on Monday, January 5, 2015. This time of year also brings an excellent opportunity for parents/guardians and educators to instill in children of all ages the rich history of the many holidays as well as an understanding of the varied cultural and social customs pursued by the groups that celebrate them.
In the spirit of the holiday season, students and staff throughout the district are doing their part to give back to the community and to charities. At Dutch Lane, students and staff have been collecting toys to donate to the John Theissen collection site in Wantagh. As a prelude to the holiday season, the school also hosted a Scare Away Hunger food drive.
More than 80 students and 20 teacher volunteers participated in an afterschool reading program held at the middle school. The program, titled Hicksville Reads, was comprised of a series of workshops designed to help students celebrate their love and appreciation for books.
Students at Lee Avenue are being tasked with becoming bucket fillers throughout the year as part of a new anti-bullying program. The goal of the Bucket Fillers program is to teach students the virtues of courtesy and respect for others by encouraging them to practice acts of kindness.
Students at Burns Avenue and Fork Lane participated in a series of workouts as part of their fundraising efforts for the American Heart Association's Jump Rope for Heart program. At Burns Avenue, groups of students rotated through exercise stations such as scooter races, jump rope, step aerobics and push-ups.