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Core Values HIKER

Core Values HIKER
Lloyd Harbor continues to support and spread its “HIKER” core values (Honesty, Inclusiveness, Kindness, Empathy and Respect) through schoolwide activities and projects. In October, a HIKER bulletin board was created by art teacher, Ms. McLaughlin, and two of her fourth-grade students, Harper Benvenuti and Iris Chau, to highlight the core value of Kindness. Classroom teachers also spotlighted and shared students' acts of kindness in their classrooms. For November and December, Principal, Valerie Massimo, and the assistant to the principal, Rachel Schnurr, shared a book called The Invisible Boy, by Trudy Ludwig, (to grades 2-3) which focused on the importance of Empathy, another HIKER core value. After listening to the story, students expressed their own views of what makes a person empathetic. Kudos, not only to the Lloyd Harbor teachers but also to the Goosehill teachers for instilling these important values in our students at young ages.
In January, to honor Martin Luther King, Jr. and to spotlight the core value of Respect, Ms. McLaughlin's fourth-grade students were photographed holding their own illustrations that speak to the message: "Martin Luther King had a dream. What's your dream?" The students proudly demonstrated their ideas for a better world. Grade level teachers continued to share Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s message of respect, peace, and hope through various readings and interactive lessons.
Last year the HIKER initiative was spearheaded by SIT (School Improvement Team), working with the entire LHS community to create a culture of acceptance and appreciation for one another. Students and staff also love donning their HIKER shirts and will continue to do so on specified school spirit days. Thank you to all the students for being role models and showing us the way.