Story by Kathleen Wilson
Golden Hill Elementary School in Florida, NY, was bustling with activity at the 2nd Annual Tour the Hill event on Mon., Aug. 27. Hosted by the PTA, children who are new to the community or entering Pre-K or first grade received a complete tour of the school and even got to sit in a big, yellow school bus – all to help them become familiar with a brand new environment.
The children eyed the colorfully decorated bulletin boards in the hallways, visited the school library, the cafeteria, and classrooms on a guided tour. PTA President Kevin Lundell greeted the large group of parents and children in the school’s cafeteria, where there were balloons and refreshments for all to enjoy.
“This event really gives both kids and parents the opportunity to get familiar with their new school,” Lundell said.
He also cited the importance of children feeling familiar and safe. When they attend their first day of school, they will probably recognize some familiar faces and that will help them feel more comfortable and confident too.
Village of Florida Mayor Daniel Harter, Florida Union Free School District Superintendent Jan Jehring, Golden Hill Principal Debbie Lisack, School Nurse Marlene Lysack, Police Officer James Feragola, and Golden Hill PTA Officers were among the greeters who visited with parents and students and answered questions they had about their new school.
Principal Lisack strongly encourages instilling the love of reading to the kids saying, “If you read just 15 minutes a day for five years, that’s 456 hours. Reading promotes not only achievement, but confidence too.”
While holding up the book entitled, “We Don’t Eat Our Classmates,” Ms. Lisack announced that she will be reading this book to everyone. It’s a book about a little dinosaur, Penelope, and her first day of school. It’s about friendship and how to make friends.
Congratulations to all the new and returning pupils at Golden Hill Elementary School! Best wishes for a fantastic year of learning and making new friends too.
Read the street sign on your way out. It says, “Don’t forget to read with your child 15 minutes tonight!”