Students at St. Croix’s Lew Muckle and Eulalie Rivera Elementary schools kicked off a weeklong celebration of the nationally observed Week of the Young Child, April 13-17, with a pep rally, a showcase of students’ career interests and a host of other fun activities geared toward the schools’ youngest learners.
Lew Muckle students in kindergarten through third grade took to the streets of the Estate Sion Farm neighborhood where the school is located and affirmed their uniqueness with an “I Am Special” march around the block, according to the Education Department. The students then gathered inside the school’s playground area and were led in a pep rally-style activity with uplifting songs and chants.
“The whole purpose of this is to bring awareness to the improvement of education of young children, including academically, socially and culturally,” said acting Principal Delicia Sealey-Espinosa in a statement.
The youngsters over at Eulalie Rivera would not be outdone. There, Sens. Kurt Vialet, a former longtime educator, and Nereida “Nellie” Rivera-O’Reilly read stories to students. Vialet said it was a good experience and that he enjoyed reading kindergartners “The True Story of the Three Little Pigs,” according to the department.
Many Eulalie Rivera students from kindergarten through second grade came dressed in career attire as part of the day’s “Shadow Monday-Career Day” focus. The districtwide activities are being coordinated by Jeselle Cruse-Peter, St. Croix elementary programs coordinator. The week’s fun culminates Friday with a combined celebration for all schools at the D.C. Canegata ballpark in Christiansted. Parents may contact their children’s school to gather more information about activities planned throughout the week.
Similar events are also being held at elementary schools in the St. Thomas-St. John school district. The Week of the Young Child is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children that celebrates early learning, young children, their teachers and families.