CFJ thanks Endicott Rotary for donation
A few weeks ago, students at CFJ were treated to a special visitor when Gabe Ford and her dog ILO visited to talk about bullying. CFJ fifth-grader read Ford’s book, “Gabe and Izzy: Standing Up for America’s Bullied” and the special presentation by Ford and her new dog ILO (Izzy Lives On) were part of the buildings anti-bullying program.

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Wendy Gounalis, CFJ teacher assistant and Lauren Maisano, DFJ reading specialist, have been co-teaching using this book to cover literature curriculum during fifth-grade library time. Small group and large group discussions, journal writings, reflections and written extended responses have been a big focus of the co-taught classes. The students not only read the book but also reflected and wrote about the themes in the book of choosing kindness and treating others fairly and with compassion.

A $1,000 donation from the Endicott Rotary Club allowed the school to purchase enough copies of the book for each CFJ fifth-grader. These will remain at CFJ and will be used going forward to extend the message of choosing kindness to future CFJ fifth-graders.

To thank the rotary, the students invited rotary members to a special thank you breakfast. Rotary guests Mario Salati, former UE administrator and CFJ principal, and Sandy and Tom Johnson attended the breakfast, met with students and viewed parts of Fords presentation.

The message of the book is that while we may not have a choice on how others speak and act toward us we have a choice of how we speak and treat others. We can make the choice to choose kindness toward everyone and to treat everyone, no matter what they look like, what they wear or their circumstances with kindness, friendship and caring.
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