Central School, Mamaroneck, Builds Bridges

It can be hard for elementary school kids to fully understand what it’s like to live with a disability — let alone experience it themselves. But that’s what Central Elementary School children tried to do  through the Mamaroneck School District’s annual Building Bridges program. With the help of parent volunteers and guest speakers with different abilities, children in every classroom participated in demonstrations and activities to help them grasp the challenges and rewards that come to people with different abilities. A vision-impaired woman (with a very appealing guide dog), a gold medal-winning Paralympic athlete and a panel of Mamaroneck High kids who have successfully overcome learning disabilities were among the visitors. Younger students learned about sensory disabilities, like vision and hearing impairment.

1000 Paper Cranes for Japan

The classrooms  at Central School in Larchmont were buzzing this month with activity that wasn’t easy to master: the art of making origami paper cranes.  Together with their parents and teachers, Central’s students dedicated their time to lend a hand to the people of Japan affected by the recent tsunami and earthquake. 

Inspired by the Japanese tradition of making paper cranes to promote good wishes, the students at Central got to work.  With the help of school’s librarian, Anne Corsetti, and a great number of teachers and volunteers, Central’s kids kept on folding, trying to reach the goal of making a thousand cranes.  They folded during library time, sometimes during lunch and recess, at home and on the playground.  They just wanted to get to a thousand.