Palmer Elementary: A community of learners

Character education

Principal Frey said that character education is an important part of the every day routine at Palmer Elementary. Students strive to follow the "Golden Rule" in the classrooms, the hallways, on the playground and on the school buses by treating others as they would like to be treated.

At the beginning of the school year, students attended an assembly for a refresher on the school and bus rules. A display in one of the school's main hallways is dedicated to highlighting students who have set an example for their peers by following the bus rules. Bus drivers nominate students for the honor.

The school also highlights the "Bus of the Week." Each week the school honors students who ride a particular bus for being especially vigilant in following all of the rules.

Students demonstrate their caring and concern for the local community and beyond with several service projects throughout the year. In November, students collected food items for the Basket Brigade, an annual Thanksgiving food collection organized by Baldwinsville residents Peter and Debbie Rahalski. Palmer has been participating in the food collection for 12 years. This year, with the school's help, the Basket Brigade was able to provide 14 Baldwinsville families with all the fixings for Thanksgiving dinner.

In December, the school conducted a food drive for the Baldwinsville Christmas Bureau and also collected hats, mittens and gloves for children in need. They also collected $1,196.86 in loose change to donate to the American Red Cross for victims of the earthquake that rocked Haiti in January.

Fifth-grade students at Palmer also have the opportunity to participate in two special service activities: The Announcing Team, through which fifth-graders train each other in making daily announcements; and the Safety Patrol, through which students help to maintain a safe atmosphere throughout the school.

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