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Franklin Ave. Students Demonstrate Character in Presentation to School Board

Fourth graders from Franklin Ave. Elementary School presented what they learned about kindness while reading "How Full is Your Bucket?" during a presentation to the Pearl River Board of Education Tuesday.

Franklin Avenue Elementary School teacher Vivian Pratt's students each have small buckets. 

When somebody does something nice for one of them, they can leave a small note in that person's bucket.

That was part of the lesson of treating people well the students learn while reading "How Full is Your Bucket? For Kids" by Tom Rath, Mary Reckmeyer and illustrator Maurie J. Manning.

The students shared some of those lessons during a presentation to the Pearl River Board of Education Tuesday night, explaining what the book is about and acting out a short scene about respecting the differences of others and avoiding bullying.

They also presented small buckets to members of the administration and board of education. 

The presentation was rescheduled after all after-school activities were cancelled due to weather the day of the last board of education meeting, Nov. 27.

"There will be additional presentations in the months ahead," Pearl River Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Morgano said. "It reminds us of why we are here. I try to get to each elementary classroom once a week. You remember why you are here. And they did a great job. "

Editor's note: In addition to video and pictures from Tuesday's presentation, a YouTube video reading of the book is also attached to this report. 

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