In an ongoing theme of our own “it takes a village,” the school community reaches out in many ways to help the many groups in which our students are involved. Whether it’s Girl or Boy Scouts, local sports groups, especially those serving our special needs students, or programs like TRI-CYA and Excel, all strive to enrich the lives of our students. And as a school district, we are proud to help support their efforts.
Birchwood Intermediate School is one of those many places in our district where enrichment and learning continue well after the dismissal bell has rung. Cub Scout Den 10 of First Year Webelos, Pack 406, comprises fourth graders from Birchwood who have been working on the requirements to earn their Webelos Badge. As one of the many requirements for earning their Artist Badge, the boys needed to "Talk to an artist in your area or to your art teacher about the different occupations in the art field." Birchwood art teacher Ms. Vickie Dollin stepped up to the plate. “She couldn't have been kinder about helping us out,” said Den Leader Eileen Breaton. “We met with her after school, and she explained to the boys that art is involved in so many different careers, from designing cereal boxes to architecture. She also helped us with another requirement of the Artist Badge, and that was to discuss primary and secondary colors.”
In another example, Birchwood Principal Anthony Ciccarelli and Assistant Principal Annie Michaelian met with the scouts to assist them in one of the requirements of the Scholar Badge. “They discussed with the boys the "value of getting an education" and also "what it means to have a positive attitude," said Den Leader Breaton. “It was great for the boys to hear that their principal and vice principal want Birchwood to be a positive place for everyone and how important it is to always do their best.”
“Many thanks to the South Huntington School District and community for all the ways they are involved with our scouts, from allowing us to gather at Maplewood for our Pack 406 meetings to employing positive and kind role models for the boys,” said Den Leader Breaton. “We appreciate the important role the district plays in their lives.”