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Tuesday January 26, 2016 at 8:53am Age: 3 yrs
Category: Middle School


The Middle School celebrated No Name-Calling Week from January 19th through the 22nd.   The theme for the week was the power of kindness and how one person can make a difference.  Each student in the school received a lanyard with the slogan - One Person Can Make a Difference.  Also, announcements were made each morning regarding the power of kindness, presentations were given during recess, and students were given the opportunity to sign a banner pledging to not call others names.  

During ELA classes, students were given the opportunity to write a brief description of how another student, teacher or staff member has made a difference in their lives.  The middle school took the opportunity to recognize and acknowledge the following individuals who stood out: Kyle Melville, Charles Mason, Emma Sawyer, Rebecca Sawyer, Amanda Murphy, Aleyha Mapes, Kaitlyn Rojas, and Isabella Figueroa.

As a token of appreciation for their efforts in making Minisink Valley a kinder, safer place these students received a certificate and a water bottle with the following saying:

A man on the beach where thousands of starfish lay dying in the sun saw a girl tossing them into the sea, one by one.

“Why bother?” he asked.

“You won’t make much of a difference.”

Tossing yet another starfish into the sea,

the girl said

“I made a difference to that one.”

Thank you to each and every student and staff member who continue to make a positive difference in the lives of others.  Also, a special "Thank You" to Mrs. Semco for her efforts in coordinating the No-Name Calling Week activities at the Minisink Valley Middle School and delivering this beautiful message to our students.