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Special Interest Day at Spencer Elementary

On Friday, February 24, the students of Spencer Elementary in Brighton held their annual Special Interest Day. Special Interest Day is a day centered on a specific theme. There are activities, presentations, snacks and more about that theme. The students move throughout the school into different classrooms and each classroom teaches something different for a short span of time.

This year, the theme was “Everyday Heroes” and they showcased and learned about different heroes that are around them. The focus was on Military Heroes, Animal Heroes, Medical Heroes, Local Heroes and First Responders.

The day opened with a visit from Brighton Mayor Jim Muzzin who introduced the day and introduced some 3rd and 4th graders who sang a song called “Everyday Heroes”.

In the Military Heroes section, students wrote thank you letters to active military members, had a Q&A session with local veterans, experienced a mini boot camp and learned how to march and salute the correct way.

In the Animal Heroes section, students made dog treats to donate to local animal shelters. They also learned about some amazing service dogs from an organization called TheraPaws and learned about the Brighton Area School’s newest service dog Duncan. Also attending was an organization called Help 4 Wildlife that helps rehabilitate wild animals such as bunnies and possums.

In the Medical Heroes section, the students learned about proper hand washing techniques, they assembled personal first aid kits to take home and ate a healthy snack. They welcomed the American Red Cross to the school who talked to the kids about everything the Red Cross does.

In the Local Heroes section, the students learned about the McWilliam family from Eden Ridge Farm who donates the fresh vegetables that they grow on their farm to the local food pantry. Inspired by their generosity, Spencer is adding a Free Little Pantry to the school so families can take what they need and donate what they can all year long. Spencer is also installing a Buddy Bench on the playground in the spring, and there was a representative from Boxing for Autism there to discuss with the kids what to do when they see a friend sitting on the bench. There was also a representative from the Hero Round Table. This organization helps individuals find the hero within themselves.

Lastly, in the First Responders section, the students learned about fire safety from the Brighton Area Fire Department and even got to tour a fire truck. They learned “When to call 911” from a Livingston County EMT and they met and talked with a local police officer.

The day concluded with a few students who made a special video honoring some special heroes in their life. There was also a special presentation that honored our very own Spencer Elementary teachers.

Special Interest Day is an annual event at Spencer Elementary and the students really seem to enjoy it.

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