Character matters at Northwest

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At Northwest Elementary School, good character matters. First- through third-grade students in the Amityville Union Free School District spent a week learning about the positive behavioral traits they should display at school and in all aspects of their lives.

For Spirit Week, from Oct. 17-21, children were asked to wear a different color each day for the different pillars of character: yellow for respect, blue for trustworthiness, orange for fairness, green for responsibility and red for caring. The students learned to be tolerant of others, help people in need, consider the consequences of their actions, play by the rules and have the courage to do the right thing.

In art, each class made a friendship flower. Art teacher Lydia Robinson had every child design a pedal. Using markers, crayons and pencils, they wrote their name and a friendly message, and made a drawing. The pedals were then arranged to form a flower and laminated. Each class will keep the poster for the rest of the year as a reminder of the spirit of collaboration.

Ms. Robinson also read them two anti-bullying books, “Stick and Stone,” and “Playgrond Push Around.”