Number of Participants: 300
Hours Donated: 7
Value of Time Served: $17,745
Event Type: Civic & Community
Date: February 27, 2023
Idle Hour Elementary School
Idle Hour Boulevard, Oakdale
During the week of Feb. 13-17, Idle Hour Elementary School students in the Connetquot Central School District celebrated the districtwide Dignity for All Students Week, which coincided with Kindness Week. Throughout the week’s activities, students learned that by showing respect and dignity for others daily, they can spread more love, kindness and gratitude and create a more peaceful world without conflict.
In the spirit of kindness, fifth grade students invited their “Grandfriends” from The Arbors Assisted Living facility to work on a Valentine’s Day craft, a love bug, and to play a game of Valentine’s Day bingo in the school library. Not only did the students and their guests complete the task at hand, but they became reacquainted with one another. The students have been visiting their grandfriends for several school years and have formed valuable relationships.
Other schoolwide activities during Kindness Week included signing a dignity pledge, student government members reading their ideas about spreading kindness, attending Northwell Health assemblies about becoming one’s best self, and attending an assembly about empathy, kindness and being kind.
A: Idle Hour Elementary School fifth graders are pictured with their grandfriends from The Arbors Assisted Living facility during Kindness Week.
B: Left, fifth grade students Reese Julich and, right Andrew Vereb took time to read with grandfriend Theresa LaRock at Idle Hour Elementary School’s library.
C: The Arbors Assisted Living facility resident Grandfriend Diane Light played Valentine’s Day bingo with fifth grade students at Idle Hour Elementary School.
D: Grandfriend Rose Newberc is pictured with Idle Hour Elementary School fifth graders during a Kindness Week activity making lovebugs.
Photos courtesy of the Connetquot Central School District