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Finding the inspiration to overcome obstacles
Tinc Road students recently heard important messages about overcoming obstacles, setting goals, and making positive choices from a representative of New York Road Runners, the organization that sponsors the New York Marathon.
At an assembly for fifth-graders, Michael Rodgers, vice president of development and philanthropy of NYRR, told his personal story of how a love of running eventually led him to overcome his childhood academic struggles. When the opportunity arose in school for him to join his first running team, his mom had one requirement: He had to get his grades up. That was the inspiration for him to dig deep inside and find the determination to do whatever he could to succeed in school.
Mr. Rodgers went on to earn degrees from Elon University and l’Université de Liège, and have a successful consulting career working with non-profit organizations before joining NYRR.
“Michael was inspirational,” said Lauren Bretzger, one of the physical education teachers who arranged Mr. Rodgers’ visit. “The students learned the importance of goal setting and striving to reach those goals. I think it was important for the fifth-graders to hear these crucial messages before moving onto the middle school. Making the transition from elementary school to middle school can sometimes be difficult, but we hope through Michael's story students will feel empowered and motivated.”
Ms. Bretzger and physical education teacher Brian Allen coordinate a program here at Tinc Road that is sponsored by NYRR. The program, called Mighty Milers, encourages kids to exercise and helps them recognize the importance of physical activity as a cornerstone of a healthy lifestyle. About 180 Tinc Road students in grades 3-5 participate in the program and set goals to run and/or walk a certain distance and earn rewards along the way for hitting various milestones and achieving personal goals.
Since the beginning of the school year, the participating students have run nearly 8,000 miles in total.
|Dr. Larrie Reynolds, superintendent of schools, talks with Tehya Scheuten|
Science fair shows off student research and science skills
Approximately 70 science projects were recently displayed at Tinc Road’s science fair. Presented one Friday evening in the school gym, the fair included the work of students in grades K-5. Among the highlights were Lily Darnesto and Hayden Van Vliet's solar-powered cell phone battery, Nicholas Moschello and Dominic Landolfini's magnetic slime, and Julia Jobbins' strawberry DNA extraction.
Ten of the projects were chosen by a panel of judges to move on to the first-ever districtwide science fair which will be held on Saturday, June 4 at Mount Olive High School from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Winners received ribbons and each participant received a goody bag that included a free ticket to the Liberty Science Center (donated by the science center), a live tree seedling, and fun science-related toys and gadgets.
“I was so proud of all the hard work that the students put into their projects,” said Dr. Richard Fair, school principal. “They really showed their passion for science and scientific inquiry.”
The science fair also featured a number of demonstrations including one from MOHS’ robotics team which was lead by a long-time advisor, Ernie DiCicco, and one from the Mount Olive Police Department which showed off the physics of a radar gun.
The PTA-sponsored science fair was coordinated by Linda Blazier, Daniella McDonald, and Chris de los Reyes.
The science fair winners included:
Jenna Scheuten & Tehya Scheuten
Charles Atkinson & Connor O'Flynn
Alexandra Cohen & Victoria Granberg
Hayden Van Vliet & Lily Darnesto
Davian Xavier Arroyo
Students Of The Month – Friendship
Each month at Tinc Road is devoted to a particular character trait. A variety of lessons and activities are conducted that underscore that highlighted quality.
At the end of each month, one student in every classroom who best embodies the chosen trait is named a Student Of The Month.
The Students Of The Month for April (Friendship) are: