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Tamarac Students’ Crafting Skill Shines

Tamarac Students’ Crafting Skill Shines photo

Tamarac Elementary School students in Deborah Allocca’s fifth-grade class acquired a creative new skill as part of a community service project to help a family in need during the holiday season.

Each year, students in Mrs. Allocca’s class give up their recess period to learn the art of knitting. Students work independently as they knit one square each that is then combined to form a large, multicolored blanket to be donated to a family in need. Students excelled as they surpassed their original one-square goal, knitting multiple squares each. Eventually they incorporated multicolored designs into their squares. 

The blanket will be donated to a family adopted by Mrs. Allocca’s class, along with various other clothing items and toys for the holiday season. 

Tamarac’s Thanksgiving Adventure

Tamarac’s Thanksgiving Adventure photo

Kindergarten students at Tamarac Elementary School explored a plethora of Thanksgiving-themed activities as they worked through multiple stations examining aspects of Native American culture.

Accompanied by their parents, the kindergarten students in Jamie Onorato and Dara Goz’s class moved throughout the room participating in hands-on activities, including fishing for numbers, reading symbol stories and creating various Native American items. These items included such things as wampum bags, miniature teepees and totem poles. 

The enriching activities from the Thanksgiving adventure make direct connections to the grade level’s social studies curriculum, in particular their study of the first Thanksgiving. 


Tamarac Teacher Turns Broken to Beautiful

Tamarac Teacher Turns Broken to Beautiful photo

Art students at Tamarac Elementary School have been working toward something special this year as part of a recycled rainbow-crayon reward program promoting teamwork, respect and recycling within the classroom.

Students across grade levels in Alexis Rae Curcio’s art class have been displaying teamwork and togetherness as they work to earn 100 class points, points that are assigned in recognition of good behavior. Once the point goal is achieved, the students receive a multicolored recycled crayon produced by Ms. Curcio.

To make the colorful creations, students and staff throughout the building were encouraged to drop off their broken crayons, which Ms. Curcio then melted down in different molds to form various shapes. Throughout the students’ time in art class, the importance of reusing and recycling was emphasized. 

To date, several students have received multicolored crayons and are eagerly integrating their multicolored effects into their creative works of art.