Say Yes to Education announces the opening of the Say Yes Financial Aid Counseling Center (FACC). The FACC will be housed in the Say Yes (109 Otisco Street) and will be open beginning Saturday, April 7th and continuing every Saturday through September 8th (with the exception of 5/26, 7/7 and 9/1) from 10:00 AM - 1:30 PM.
Elsie Pagan-Alford was one of four Syracuse City School district employees honored Monday with a Children's Guardian Award from the McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Center.
Representatives from McMahon/Ryan, including Julie Cecile, the group's executive director, showed up at Delaware Academy to surprise Pagan-Alford, who was the first to receive the award. Pagan-Alford was given balloons and a mug as her happy first-grade students looked on.
Dr. King Elementary School is kicking off an anti-bullying campaign this month called “Be A Star”. Students and staff throughout the school have been creating videos and posters raising awareness about bullying and how to create a positive learning environment for everyone.
“Be A Star” is an anti-bullying alliance co-founded by The Creative Coalition and WWE. Its mission is to ensure a positive and equitable social environment for everyone regardless of age, race, religion or sexual orientation through grassroots efforts beginning with education and awareness. The alliance provides resources and tools to help schools put an end to bullying in their schools and community. The “Be A Star” program offers anti-bullying lesson plans including video clips, student journal entries and discussion questions.
Dr. King will be hosting WWE superstar Beth Phoenix as a “Be A Star” spokesperson. Ms. Phoenix will be presenting the school contest winners with a prize for their anti-bullying projects.
One of the projects already completed at Dr. King includes a video from students in Ms. Lannon and Ms. Peterson's second grade class. The class brainstormed and came up with this rap song to let students know that bullying at Dr. King is not allowed. The students wrote the lyrics by reworking Teresa Jennings's Recycling Rap (Copyright Plank Road Publishing 1990).