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School Notebook: Valentines for Seniors, History for Fourth Graders

A roundup of news from the classrooms of Three Village.

Minnesauke Elementary students opened their hearts for Valentine's Day, creating valentines and gift bags for a good cause.

Second graders filled more than 100 goody bags with candy, snacks, lip balm, lotions and hand sanitizers and sent them to the patients at the Stony Brook Cancer Center. "I like this project because I like being helpful, and I think that when the people who are sick get our valentines, it will help them feel better," said second-grader Maximo Hernandez.

Fifth grade students in Kate Hunter's class and third grade students in Erin Heller's class made valentines and tissue roses for the residents at the Long Island State Veterans Home. It's the fourth year in a row the school has participated in this project.

"The people who live here risked their lives as veterans for us, so giving them a valentine is the least we could do for them,” said fifth-grader Gabby Barry. “It was nice to be there for others in the community and to see them so happy.”

Learning Native American Culture. Fourth graders at Mount Elementary had the chance to experience history in an interactive way. They got the chance to participate in "Journey into Native American Territory," bringing to life the culture and technology of Native American life. They learned about – and got to see firsthand – tools, clothes, hunting instruments and more, as they understood Native Americans' transition from a nomadic life to a sedentary life based on raising crops.

Teens for Jeans a Success at Murphy Junior High. Students in the National Junior Honor Society collected gently used jeans for teens living in local shelters, gathering close to 400 pairs for the campaign, sponsored by Dosomething.org and Aeropostale.

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