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B'ville: Highlights from Elden Elementary

As the weather turns warmer and the days get longer, Elden Elementary would like to update the community on the activities and events that students have participated in so far this school year.

Character education

Character education is an essential element to the school day at Elden. Every day, when students enter the building, a large message in the school's main hallway greets them. The message, painted in bold red letters, reads, "Respect -- Dignity and Honor for All." It was designed and painted by local artist Tommy Lincoln, who donated his time and talent to help the school with its character education program. He was aided by Audrey Hicks, an art major at Syracuse University. Principal Tony Cardamone said that the school's character education committee asked Lincoln to create the message to serve as a daily reminder to students of positive character traits the school is promoting and reinforcing. Every month, the committee highlights a different character trait through school-wide activities, community service projects and by honoring a different group of staff members at a special monthly morning meeting.

Cardamone said the school has put a real emphasis on proper dining manners in the cafeteria to create a calmer atmosphere in which to eat. Students have watched videos about dining manners and the school is recognizing students who exhibit these positive behaviors.

For the second consecutive year, the school, with the help of the PTA, hosted a Restaurant Day for fifth-graders. Staff and parent volunteers transformed a portion of the school cafeteria into a caf (c), complete with a hostess, wait staff and tables covered with bright red table cloths, to provide students with a restaurant dining experience. Students were expected to act properly, using appropriate dining etiquette. Cardamone said this year, the school's third-graders were also treated to Restaurant Day.

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