South Orangetown Central School District

WOS Character Education Assembly

William O. Schaefer Elementary School teacher Jacqueline Sommers’ second grade class hosted the monthly Character Education assembly last Friday where they focused on kindness and shared some of their favorite family memories.

To prepare for the assembly, the class read “Our Table” by Peter H. Reynolds, which is a story that highlights the importance of spending time with family and friends. WOS School Counselor Tennille Marino worked with the class to help the students organize the assemblies as well as practice and rehearse their lines. “This month’s Character Education assembly was a lot of fun! It was a great opportunity for students in Mrs. Sommers class to read “Our Table” and reflect on how important it is to spend time with people who are special to them. Students in her class took time to write about a special memory around their own table and shared these personal memories with the audience,” said Marino.

Marino and Sommers asked students to share pictures of themselves with their family or friends around their table as well as some WOS staff to display during the assembly. “Many of the memories shared were of families doing simple things like eating, baking, talking, crafting and playing games around their tables. We hope students left the assembly wanting to value time spent creating new, lasting memories with their families and friends,” explained Marino. “December’s character education theme is kindness and the presenting class spoke about kindness and what it looks, feels and sounds like. With the holiday season approaching, students were encouraged to demonstrate kindness to one another and to those they care about.”