Photos courtesy of the North Bellmore School District
Community building is a major emphasis this year at Newbridge Road Elementary School in the North Bellmore School District. On Oct. 7, the entire school gathered for an assembly to celebrate their Newbridge Pride.
In music classes with Alexander Roff, students learned the Newbridge Road song. They sang it together as a school for the first time in the assembly, led by reading teacher Michellene Barrett. Thunder the Tiger, the school’s mascot, danced along and gave high-fives to students.
Principal Amanda Licci explained the communities live, work and play together, but they also strive to help others. She announced that the school had raised almost $600 during its September fundraiser for Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month. Gold ribbons throughout the school show the collective commitment of students and staff to helping others.
Each class will participate in a community building activity by designing a class flag that represents their values. Ms. Licci explained that when the flags are completed, they will be displayed at all future schoolwide assemblies.
Fourth grade teacher Joann Belferder, who advises the student council along with second grade teacher Cristina Guadagnino, then met with children in grades 3-6 to tell them how they can get involved in an organization that supports both the Newbridge Road and North Bellmore communities. She explained that the student council is tasked with coming up with ideas that raise school spirit and help people in need. Past projects have included food and toy drives. In class elections, two students from each class will serve on the student council.
Ms. Licci added the community and citizenship are part of the social studies curriculum in each grade, and now students can experience those concepts first-hand in their school. She emphasized the importance of students having a voice in their school.
1: Students, joined by Principal Amanda Licci, were encouraged to wear their Newbridge Road shirts for a school assembly on community building on Oct. 7.
3: Thunder the Tiger helped energize students at the assembly. He was joined by reading teacher Michellene Barrett who led everyone in the school song.