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Local Students Get A Lesson in Caring

Elementary school students in the Fairport Central School District got a special lesson in caring Friday.
Elementary school students in the Fairport Central School District got a special lesson in caring Friday.

Fairport High School students took a field trip to Jefferson Avenue Elementary School but in this case, they were there to teach, not to learn.

"It allows high school kids to be heroes for a day," Fairport High School Chemistry and Physics teacher Rich Ognibene said. "The elementary kids are so excited they can't contain themselves. We emphasize the importance of kindness and treating each other well."

Friday's meeting marked the culmination of the Brotherhood-Sisterhood Week throughout the Fairport school district. The week encourages the entire school community to focus on the district's "CARE" message, which stands for civility, awareness, respect and embrace. This is the 19th year for the initiative. Fairport sophomore Morgan Gentile knows what it's like for these kindergartners, as she was once in their shoes.

"They are so cute," Gentile said. "I still remember them and it's something to look forward to and it's fun and you have a big buddy and a friend that's up at the high school."

"Everyone here is a family," Fairport junior Dan Muthig said. "We all care for each other. It's nice to know all the little kids too so they know what they are getting into when they get to the high school."

That's a lesson educators hope these districts with them long after their days in the district.

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