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Sycamore Avenue hosts read-a-thon to give back to students in need

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Sycamore Avenue Elementary first graders raised over $2,000 through a read-a-thon to buy backpacks and school supplies for students in need.

It all started when one student, Joe Pena, accrued points through an online math challenge and used them to purchase and donate books to children in need. From there, he went to his teacher, hoping to do more, and the idea for a gradewide read-a-thon was created. All Sycamore Avenue first grade students participated in the read-a-thon, asking family and friends for donations for each book they read.

With the money raised, the students were able to purchase 144 backpacks and school supplies. Students then assembled the backpacks themselves, including hand-written postcards with kind, encouraging words to put inside. The full backpacks will be distributed to new and incoming students in need.

Update: Joe Pena was recognized at the Feb. 26 Board of Education meeting for his initiative and efforts. The Board and district commend Joey on his kind actions that made a difference in his community!

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Date Added: 1/25/2024

Congratulations to Sycamore teacher Christine Klaus, the NY Islanders’ Teacher of the Month!

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Congratulations to Sycamore teacher Christine Klaus who was chosen as the New York Islanders’ Teacher of the Month for January! Ms. Klaus had her students choose a hockey player, then taught them how to write a persuasive letter on how terrific the athlete is. (Her students are currently engaging in all Everfi apps, including programs called Future Goals: Hockey Scholar- Math and Science Edition.)

Date Added: 1/25/2024

CHS Business Honor Society teaches financial literacy to younger students

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Connetquot High School’s business honor society visited elementary schools across the Connetquot Central School District to mentor younger students on money and financial literacy concepts.

About eight years ago, Connetquot High School business teacher and Business Honor Society Adviser Ms. Senft began this program, recognizing the mutual value in her business students sharing knowledge with younger students. During their visit, the high school students acted as teachers for an entire school day, working through five lessons and engaging games. While the older students assumed a leadership role, the younger students benefitted from learning the importance of financial savings.

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Date Added: 1/8/2024