- Students at Dr. James Craik Elementary School celebrated St. Patrick’s Day and supported Relay for Life at its school dance, The Shamrock Shuffle. Students and parents attended the dance after school on March 16 where students participated in group dances, crafts and enjoyed food, including Leprechaun Punch. Students from Maurice J. McDonough High School assisted elementary students with crafts. All proceeds raised at the event benefited Craik’s Relay for Life team.
- Dr. James Craik Elementary School celebrated Autism Awareness Spirit Week April 3 through 7. During the week, the school participated in spirit days that included Light it Up Blue Monday, Together Everyone Achieves More — TEAM Tuesday, Wacky Mix Up Wednesday, Hats Off to Autism Hat Day Thursday and Blend Together Tiger Pride Friday.
- Piccowaxen Middle School eighth-grade students studied the Holocaust in their language arts classes during the third quarter. The unit culminated in a field trip to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., on March 27. Language arts teachers, Nancy Buter and Tiffiney Langston, and school media specialist Lisa Smiroldo, are Belfer Certified Teachers through the museum. Students had the opportunity to meet Syvia Perlmutter Rozines, a Holocaust survivor, whose story “Yellow Star” was written by her niece, Jennifer Roy. Rozines was one of 12 children who walked out of Poland’s Lodz Ghetto in 1945. Rozines complimented the students on their knowledge of Holocaust events and she charged them with the task of being kind to one another. The trip included visiting the exhibits including the Permanent Exhibit, Daniel’s Story, Some Were Neighbors, Cambodia and Genocide, the Hall of Remembrance and the wall of children’s tiles. “Knowing you can’t just stand by and let it happen,” student Tyler Hebb said about what he learned from the unit. “Make the best of things for the future by still remembering all the good people from the past,” student Leann Asher added. Abigail Sutherland summed up the purpose of the trip. “I will take what I learned here and apply it to my life, not only that, but now I can help educate others about it,” she said.
- Two Unified basketball teams from Dr. James Craik Elementary School participated in the Unified basketball tournament March 11 at Thomas Stone High School. Craik students helped to open the tournament by leading the gym in the Pledge of Allegiance. Craik’s teams — Team Tigers and Team Pride — participated in both brackets. Team Pride won its bracket. The coaches of Craik teams are Stephanie Campbell, Meghan Dougherty and Mikayla Wells.
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