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Writing Rocks—June 2018 Calendar


posted: Wed, Mar 6th, 2019

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A celebration of reading

You're never too old, too wacky, too wild,

to pick up a book and read to a child.

– Dr. Seuss

Reading and all things Seuss were recently celebrated at Tinc Road in recognition of Read Across America – a nationwide campaign designed to motivate kids to read. Sponsored by the National Education Association, Read Across America is held annually on the birthday of the legendary children's author.

Students and faculty came dressed in Seuss-related shirts and hats to hear guests read their favorite story books.

Michael Sanguino and Brenna Wright learn Hands-only CPR

Learning that Beyoncé can save lives

Tinc Road fifth-graders learned that one of the most popular singers in the past 20 years can help them save lives.

In Hands-only CPR lessons, the students used the beats of Beyoncé’s “Crazy in Love” and “Walking on Sunshine” by Katrina and the Waves as the rhythms for chest compressions. According to the American Heart Association, 100-120 compressions per minute is optimal and both hit songs meet that target range, plus are easy to remember.

School nurse Geri Sullivan taught the lessons along with physical education teachers Lauren Bretzger and Jon Reber.

“We hope that if the students witness a sudden cardiac arrest they’ll know what to do,” said Mrs. Sullivan. “Out of the 450,000 people that suffer from a cardiac event every year, only 10% will survive. That’s a sobering statistic. Hands-only CPR is an important skill that everyone should learn.” 

Tinc Road, which was the only school not to have CPR manikins, recently purchased four for trainings. In addition to allowing practice, the manikins have lights which illuminate when the combination of perfect compression force, hand placement, and compression rhythm is hit. This provides immediate feedback and helped the students hone their CPR technique. For the lessons, done during the students’ regular phys ed periods, Mr. Reber borrowed Mount Olive Middle School’s manikins so that all students would have an opportunity to get hands-on practice.

To introduce the Hands-only CPR lesson, a powerful video from the American Heart Association website was shown that depicts two school-age friends eating lunch. One collapses and the other one saves her friend’s life with two simple steps: Call 911 and begin CPR until medical help arrives.

A group of Kindness Ambassadors help school counselor Lisa Barba with a recent food drive

Kindness Ambassador program begins

More than 40 fourth- and fifth-graders are serving as Tinc Road Kindness Ambassadors. The students in this brand-new program assist with schoolwide service projects and are responsible for setting a positive example within the school community.

The ambassadors, who were selected earlier in the month, have already assisted with organizing donations to the Mount Olive Food Pantry and building awareness for the school’s new buddy bench that was recently installed. 

“This is a way for us to focus on the importance of kindness on a daily basis and teach kids at an early age that they can make a difference,” said Lisa Barba, school counselor. “These students are the role models for the school who always come to me with so many great ideas. The program gives lets them be involved and gives us the hands to do more throughout the year.”

Students completed Kindness Ambassador applications to join the program. The kids detailed the reasons that would make them good candidates for the role and also described the kindness activities they would like to take part in.

Every month Tinc Road focuses on a different character trait and staff members engage students in activities that recognize and develop that trait. February’s trait is kindness. It’s been celebrated with a special spirit week and the development of a kindness chain. The chain is made of multi-colored paper with each link representing a random act of kindness that was witnessed in the month. When completed, it will be displayed on a bulletin board in the cafeteria.

During spirit week, Mrs. Barba also encouraged students to take part in a kindness challenge. Students were given a list of kind acts and challenged to perform as many as they could. The list included “Pick up 10 pieces of trash,” Help a younger student,” Make a new friend,” and “Step up for someone in need.”

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