Students in the 8:1:2 and 6:1:2 classes at Spencerport’s Terry Taylor Elementary School celebrated 100 days of school with a special ceremony just before Mid-winter Break. They filled the school’s performing arts center and eagerly awaited the presentation of the Kindness Awards. Teachers took turns commending students for their simple acts of kindness to each other or to their teachers. Each student received a pink, purple or red heart with their name and accomplishment written on them. The little paper hearts clearly held great meaning for each proud recipient.
After the recognition, students each collected a snack bag filled with treats like pretzels and small candies, and mingled with friends to talk, socialize and watch a short cartoon. The Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES classes at Terry Taylor range in age from kindergarten to fifth grade; the teachers and resident nurse collaborate often on special events. Teacher Nicole Gaudu said, “We have a close-knit community here, with lots of ideas for helping our students grow, learn and get to know each other. Terry Taylor is also very inclusive, and our students are invited to participate in general school activities and events. They love the chance to connect with all of their peers.”