The Tappan Hill School gym was awash in paper figures Jan. 22, a fun, creative exercise for children in every class at the school. But there was a special lesson in the activity, too, part of a project that teachers Denise Hurvitz and Erroll Rivera put together in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., Day.
The project, which highlighted the importance of caring and sharing, was done to coincide with the BOCES-wide Focus on Learning instructional professional development initiative, spearheaded by Chief Operating Officer/Deputy District Superintendent Jacqueline O’Donnell.
Each child, if possible, was expected to make an image of him or herself out of construction paper and then draw and color in the various parts of the body, such as eyes, nose, mouth, and ears.
“Caring is offering your friends a straw or helping them open up a milk container, or maybe even getting the milk container for them. Or maybe it’s passing out napkins or helping a teacher by putting away your school supplies,” Mr. Rivera explained to the children after they had each put up their paper figures on the wall.
The exercise also emphasized the importance of everyone being different, yet very much the same.
“We all have two eyes, we have a nose, we all have a mouth,” Mr. Rivera told them.
The two-minute video showcased times when students shared in the classroom, along with their teachers Mrs. Hurvitz and Mr. Rivera.