Dows Lane Elementary School students and staff celebrated Spirit Day on Oct. 27 by gathering for a schoolwide assembly, which culminated the monthly character-building theme of “thinking interdependently.”
During the assembly, they viewed a special presentation created by two third-grade classes and one second-grade class, and listened to a special version of the “We are the World” song, whose words were changed to “We are Dows Lane.” Students also heard from their classmate Aaron Portnoy, a third-grader, who played the piano during the show.
“Thanks to our teachers for all of their hard work, and thanks to all students in their classes for working interdependently for this special event,” Principal Deb Mariniello said. “We are so proud of all of them.”
To demonstrate how to be global citizens and do their part in making a difference in the world, all students were encouraged to continue to work interdependently to raise money for the United Nations Children’s Fund. Under the leadership of teachers Susan Buck and Diane Kiernan, and in honor of the late Sarah Carnahan, the students will collect money using Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF boxes through Nov. 8. The elementary school has been participating in the fundraising efforts since 1998. UNICEF is an organization that gives children around the world healthier lives and brighter futures by providing food, clean water, medicine and aid to those in need.
At the end of the assembly, the students and staff greeted the Dows Lane mascot, a bulldog, who was made possible thanks to the PTSA Giving Tree. He delivered a friendly letter to students and staff, asking them to give him a name. The students will vote on a name during a special voting event on Nov. 7.
“We had many hugs and smiles as our mascot met all students up-close,” Mariniello said.