As a way to get students excited about school, learn the rules of the bus and reiterate its code of conduct, the Reinhard Early Childhood Center recently hosted its Rising Star Pep Rally.
The students and their teachers were seated in five different areas of the school’s auditorium from which they sang and cheered for the specific Bellmore core value they represented – integrity, respect, dedication, trust or teamwork.
Dressed as characters from Disney’s “Aladdin,” staff members performed a play written by school psychologist Elise Cahill, illustrating all of the rules of the road and school to the kindergarten, first and second-grade students. The play reinforced the district’s character education program.
“The play went over, in a kid-friendly way, our core values, as well as touched upon the Dignity for All Students Act, which is our anti-bullying program,” Cahill said.
“The faculty are truly committed to the core values and bullying prevention, Principal Patricia Castine said. "In order to address bullying, we try to imbed our core values and character education into all that we do, from classroom lessons to morning announcements.”