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Trustworthiness, acts of kindness spotlighted at Poland assembly

Jan. 25, 2019




Poland second-graders posing with their PPP Award


Poland Central School District second-graders pose holding the PPP Award they won during a Prepared, Productive and Proud Assembly on Friday, Jan. 25. Second-graders won the award because during the holidays, they collected and donated items to a local chemo comfort bag drive.





POLAND – Students donating to cancer patients instead of exchanging gifts for the holidays, a new student helping out another new student and other acts of kindness were celebrated during Poland Central School District’s Prepared, Productive and Proud Assembly on Friday, Jan. 25.

“This is what our PPP Assembly is all about,” Poland Principal Greg Cuthbertson said, as he recognized student Madison Darrow for recently winning the American Legion Auxiliary Good Deed Award for assisting another new student.

Poland started the PPP Assemblies last school year to honor students for showing various positive character traits, attendance, behavior and more. Each assembly highlights a specific character trait and places a spotlight on students in one grade level to perform.

During the recent assembly, the character trait was trustworthiness, and the spotlight was on second-graders, who sang a song about trustworthiness.

The second-graders and their teachers Heather Judd and Michelle Garrett won the PPP Award at the assembly because during the holidays, second-graders collected and donated items to a local chemo comfort bag drive. The chemo comfort bags are delivered to cancer centers throughout the Mohawk Valley. More than 1,000 bags have been given out through these local efforts over the past four years.

To demonstrate trustworthiness during the assembly, Cuthbertson asked teachers to select some students for an activity. The students were paired up, and half of the students wore blindfolds and held a hula hoop around them while their partners verbally guided them around other students sitting on the floor.

This assembly also featured guest speaker Laurie Schmidt from the American Heart Association. She spoke about becoming a “heart hero” by taking care of your own heart and helping others by donating.

Another aspect of the assembly is giving out many individual and classroom awards:

Eye of the Tornado Award (presented to students who have done something above and beyond that a staff member witnessed):

·         Jackson Bell

·         Abigail Lawson

·         Emma Stanko

·         Betty Montana

·         Brayden Leone

Safe Walker Award (for good behavior walking home from school):

·         Molly Dutcher

·         Ben Barton

Safe Rider Award (for good behavior riding the bus home from school):

·         Trevor Aikens

·         Brantley Lawson

·         Julia Ossont

·         Baylee Mower

·         Ali Teel

·         Hunter Gee

·         Hannah Lubeck

Golden Spatula Award (for cafeteria behavior):

·         Carrie Roark’s kindergarten class

Single File Award (for hallway behavior):

·         Pam Finn’s first-grade class

·         Barbara Brinck’s third-grade class

Physical Education Award (for behavior in physical education class):

·         Judd’s second-grade class

·         Tracy Graulich’s fourth-grade class

Art Award (for behavior in art class):

·         Judd’s second-grade class

·         Graulich’s fourth-grade class

Music Award (for behavior in music class):

·         Graulich’s fourth-grade class

·         Karen Livingston’s first-grade class

Library Award (for behavior in the library):

·         Judd’s second-grade class

·         John Allen’s fifth-grade class

STEAM Award (for behavior in the science technology, engineering, art and mathematics classroom:

·         Livingston’s first-grade class

·         Brinck’s third-grade class




Student Madison Darrow standing in front of assembly with Principal Cuthbertson


Poland Central School District student Madison Darrow is recognized by Poland Principal Greg Cuthbertson during a Prepared, Productive and Proud Assembly on Friday, Jan. 25, for recently winning the American Legion Auxiliary Good Deed Award for assisting another new student.




Blindfolded students walk across the auditorium floor holding hula hoops while guided by others


Poland Central School District students participate in an activity meant to demonstrate trustworthiness during a Prepared, Productive and Proud Assembly on Friday, Jan. 25. The students were paired up, and half of the students wore blindfolds and held a hula hoop around them while their partners verbally guided them around other students sitting on the floor.





Three students holding Eye of the Tornado Awards


From left, Poland Central School District students Jackson Bell, Abigail Lawson and Emma Stanko were among those to receive Eye of the Tornado Awards during a Prepared, Productive and Proud Assembly on Friday, Jan. 25. Eye of the Tornado Awards are presented to students who have done something above and beyond that a staff member witnessed.





A student holding her Eye of the Tornado Award


Poland Central School District student Betty Montana was among those to receive an Eye of the Tornado Award during a Prepared, Productive and Proud Assembly on Friday, Jan. 25. Eye of the Tornado Awards are presented to students who have done something above and beyond that a staff member witnessed.





Student holding his Eye of the Tornado Award


Poland Central School District student Brayden Leone was among those to receive an Eye of the Tornado Award during a Prepared, Productive and Proud Assembly on Friday, Jan. 25. Eye of the Tornado Awards are presented to students who have done something above and beyond that a staff member witnessed.





Two students holding their Safe Walker Awards


From left, Poland Central School District students Molly Dutcher and Ben Barton won the Safe Walker Awards during a Prepared, Productive and Proud Assembly on Friday, Jan. 25. Safe Walker Awards are presented to students for showing good behavior walking home from school.





Seven students holding their Safe Rider Awards


From left, Poland Central School District students Trevor Aikens, Brantley Lawson, Julia Ossont, Baylee Mower, Ali Teel, Hunter Gee and Hannah Lubeck won the Safe Rider Awards during a Prepared, Productive and Proud Assembly on Friday, Jan. 25. Safe Rider Awards are presented to students for showing good behavior riding the bus home from school.





Second-grade teachers standing with their PPP Award


Poland Central School District second-grade teachers Heather Judd (left) and Michelle Garrett (right) pose holding the PPP Award they and their students won during a Prepared, Productive and Proud Assembly on Friday, Jan. 25. Second-graders won the award because during the holidays, they collected and donated items to a local chemo comfort bag drive.





Second-graders singing at school assembly


Poland Central School District second-graders perform a song about trustworthiness during a Prepared, Productive and Proud Assembly on Friday, Jan. 25.