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Drawing A Smile

Drawing A Smile photo

As part of Thoughtful Thursday, a schoolwide community service initiative, students of Central Boulevard Elementary School drew colorful pictures for Color A Smile.

According to its website, every month the nonprofit organization distributes thousands of cheerful crayon drawings created by volunteers of all ages and abilities to senior citizens, troops overseas and anyone in need of a smile. 

The day kicked off with faculty and administrators distributing Thoughtful Thursday T-shirts to students and staff. The new shirts reflect the school’s motto of choosing kindness, believing in oneself and standing up to bullying. The district thanks the Central Boulevard PTA for providing every student with a shirt.     

Wearing their new gear, students in grades K-3 colored in pictures for the nonprofit group, while older students wrote positive messages and drew colorful illustrations.  

Spooky STEM Stations

Spooky STEM Stations photo

It was a spooky good time for learning as students at Central Boulevard Elementary School collaborated on different Halloween-themed exercises in science, technology, engineering and math.

The project paired the fifth-graders in Christine McGuire and Allison Robb’s class with the first-graders in Erin Austin’s class to apply their knowledge to three challenges, each designed with Halloween in mind.

One challenge required students to estimate the correct mixture of baking soda and vinegar to cause a reaction that would inflate a balloon to the largest size possible. In addition to the two ingredients, each team was given a water bottle, a spoon and a balloon decorated to look like a ghost. 

For the second challenge, students engaged their problem-solving skills to transport a pumpkin across the classroom without actually touching it with their hands. They were given a foot of yarn and a pumpkin to complete the mission, but were not allowed to tie the yarn to the pumpkin’s stem. 

Concluding the activities, the students were asked to build the sturdiest tower possible out of pumpkin candies and toothpicks. Each team was given a certain number of candies and toothpicks to construct a tower that could be no less than eight inches in height.

As part of the latter two challenges, the students were expected to sketch out their ideas and record their results, including why they felt their methods were successful and what they would do differently next time. Regardless of whether they met their intended goals, every student learned important lessons in STEM and teamwork.

CBS Golf

Students love the 18 hole golf course set up in the Central Blvd. Gym by Mrs. Agovino and Mr. Braglia!  Students went from hole to hole on the challenging course with some good talent being displayed!  

Thoughts For Texas

Thoughts For Texas photo

Students of Central Boulevard Elementary School made heartfelt cards for the students and faculty of Dickinson Independent School District in Dickinson, Texas, which was devastated by Hurricane Harvey.

Established a few years ago at Bethpage, Thoughtful Thursday is a schoolwide community service initiative in which the entire school dedicates one Thursday a month to bettering the community through a project. The initiative reinforces the school’s message of “character builds success.”

Kicking off the first Thoughtful Thursday of the year, classes decided to help the children and teachers of Dickinson by sending them handwritten cards with colorful drawings and messages of hope. 

In groups, students drew hearts, smiles and rainbows and penned messages such as “hope your school gets better soon,” “thinking of you” and “we are here to help you.” 

In addition to this project, classes throughout the district collected school supplies and toiletries for Dickinson.