Bellport High School varsity winter athletes spent time bonding with third grade students at Brookhaven Elementary School on Jan. 20 as part of the South Country School District’s social and emotional learning program Second Step.
The program was inaugurated this school year, with fall athletes visiting Kreamer Street Elementary School students.
Second Step aims to create lasting bonds between Bellport High School student-athletes and third graders in the district’s elementary schools. Serving as role models, the athletes shadow the third graders and support them in all aspects of their day, from lessons to assisting with academics and accompanying them to lunch.
Prior to the visit, all the student-athletes were trained in social and emotional learning techniques.
The program will continue during the spring sports season, when athletes will visit Verne W. Critz Elementary School.
Photo caption: Bellport High School AP Seminar students shared their research with peers and district administrators on Jan. 17.
Photo courtesy of the South Country Central School District
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