Second graders in Lisa Green’s class at Mariposa Elementary School invited parents and family members in for an annual Multi-Cultural Feast. After students presented a reader’s theatre, recipes from across the globe were shared by all. It provided the unique experience of trying foods from other cultures without actually going anywhere! It was fantastic to see that so many parents were able to attend or send in authentic cuisine from their culture!Pictured, are Carmen Mendoza (William’s mother), William Biffle, and Ashley Mendez-Hernandez.
Mariposa Elementary School first grade students in Laura Lenihan’s class solved different ways to add numbers 2-12 during their math activity. Students worked in partnerships to play the game “Roll the Dice”. Pictured, from left, are students Ana Arcenteles and Jesse Balderas working together.
The anxious, edge-of-seat reaction from my students when Kevin Moore, Alan Damisse , and Kevin Parkes volunteered their free time to speak to 7th graders at Samuel S. Gaines Academy in Fort Pierce was a proud moment. Keeping the undivided attention of thirteen- year –olds is quite the daunting task. Most people would be intimidated by ninety teenagers gawking at them, but these confident, accomplished young men definitely played it cool. Not only were they well-spoken, but they were charming, funny, and engaging.
Kevin Moore, a paramedic student at Indian River State College, was the first to take the floor. He shared his own personal learning style which is writing rap songs to help him memorize facts of over sixty drugs. When the kids heard him rap, “Acetylsalicylic acid/ It is used when your weak heart is gaspin’/ But never fear/ We can please it/ With this anti-platelet analgesic,” their jaws dropped and eyes opened from the excitement of the moment. He then used his rap to segue into an inspiring conversation about rap stars with college educations.
Next up was Alan Damisse, a business student at Florida Atlantic University. He spoke of his dreams of becoming a basketball star, and how he used his athletic talent as more than a chance to play a game. He told students to use their athletic abilities as a means to pay for higher education. Clearly, his words were a message of true inspiration.
Last to speak was Kevin Parkes, a firefighter and paramedic for Martin County. He clued the teens into the realities of real-life expectations. He shared pictures of events he experienced on a daily basis and preached how school expectations are quite easy compared to managing life as an adult. His point was that, as a firefighter, there are no second chances; if a mistake is made, it could mean someone’s life. It was truly an eye-opening message for the youth in front of him.
In truth, these men were incredible. From their efforts, it’s clear to recognize that they understand the importance of investing in our nation’s future. After speaking, they posed for pictures and answered individual questions. They were local celebrities for a glimpse of time. As an observer, it was a great moment to see students learning so much from role models and members of our very own community. It was truly what the teacher ordered.
Pictured are speakers, top left, Alan Damisse, Kevin Moore, Desalen Bourjolly, Kerwens Fils-Aime (slightly behind Desalen), and Kevin Parkes.
Bottom left: A’Treyanna Moore, Cristian Hernandez, Tyrelle Holyfield, and Beina Jerome
Southport Middle School’s “Book Buddies and Beyond” club members recently greeted residents from The Palms Retirement Community of St. Lucie West. The students performed a Reader’s Theater version of “Finding Neverland” for their guests. Greeting guests, from left, are Chris Yates, Bryon Peralta, Myrria Roux, Rebecca Moore, and Tiara Perch.
Northport K-8 third grade students in Linda Beidler, John Fallon, Tiffany Tredor, Diana Lankow, Glenda Taylor, Melanie Polascak , Becky Reuther and Janine Wiecks classes received a special visit from sheriff’s deputy Boger and his K9
partner Molly recently. Third graders read an informational text about police dogs and then learned first hand how deputies locate drugs. Molly is a seven year old canine and is an aggressive finder. When Molly sniffs drugs, she paws,
claws and becomes excited to reveal the hidden contraband. The community lesson was an extension of previously learned knowledge utilizing complex text and was an effective scaffold for deep learning.