Students throughout the district showed their appreciation for the Board of Education during an annual ceremony for Board of Education Appreciation Month at its October meeting. With their principals also in attendance, one student from each of the seven elementary schools in the district personally thanked each Board member with a gift, and a middle school and high school student made speeches expressing gratitude for the Board’s collective efforts throughout the year.
In honor of Veterans Day, students and staff members at the middle school planted American flags across the edges of the school’s front lawn. More than 400 flags were planted, creating a sea of red, white and blue that served as a patriotic tribute to the nation’s heroes.
Senior citizens throughout the community were honored with an afternoon of food, fun and entertainment at the district’s 24th annual Senior Citizen Luncheon. The special guests were served hors d’oeuvres and meals by student volunteers in one of the school’s gymnasiums, which was set up to resemble a ballroom and featured students’ artwork.
The middle school is proud to welcome a new cheerleading team, coached by health teacher Matthew Canty. The team routinely cheers for the seventh- and eighth-grade football teams at their home games. The introduction of the new squad will serve to provide experience and prepare the girls for varsity cheerleading as they transition from the middle school to the high school.
Students at Dutch Lane participated in Read Across the Globe, a national reading initiative that promotes literacy. As part of the program, educators and volunteers were encouraged to read to students for 30 minutes of the day on Oct. 19. Twenty-four RISE students in grades 3-5 at Dutch read to 96 K-2 students, doing their part to help the Points of Light organization work toward a Guinness World Record for the most children read to around the world in one day.