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Minnesauke Elementary's Anti-Bullying Program Honored

Photo courtesy of the Office of Legislator Kara Hahn
Photo courtesy of the Office of Legislator Kara Hahn

Minnesauke Elementary School’s STARS program – the building’s anti-bullying, character education program – was honored by the Suffolk County Anti-Bias Task Force for being an innovative school-based program that advances understating and promotes respect among students. 

The STARS program, which was created last year and fully implemented this school year, stands for Sharing, Trustworthy, Accepting, Respectful and Serving. Representing the school during the ceremony was STARS program coordinator Leia Woodruff, Assistant Principal Linda Messina and PBIS Committee members Christine Beck, Christine Becker, Melissa Heck, Kate Hunter and Jennifer Shea.

Throughout the year, the school focuses on the five character traits outlined in the program. Each month, students who go above and beyond in demonstrating these traits are nominated for a Wii/pizza lunch with the principal, and staff members are also recognized for being “Guiding Lights.” 

Those “caught” displaying one of the STARS character traits are celebrated on a display in the main office. To continue to promote the program’s mission, students and staff members proudly wear their Minnesauke STARS T-shirts on a particular theme day each month. 

Additionally, the school’s PBIS committee and Ms. Woodruff created age appropriate books to help teach the program in the classroom and monthly STARS character calendars were made to help foster the home-to-school connection. 



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