Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Arbor Day Celebration at the Roosevelt Island School (P.S./I.S. 217)

P.S./I.S. 217 and entire Roosevelt Island community celebrated Arbor Day on Friday, May 6th.  Those who attended enjoyed a gorgeous spring morning and the program celebrating trees and particularly those which have been planted around our beautiful island.  Dr. Grimm, a friendly and familiar face to many island families, was Master of Ceremonies, and brief remarks were given by RIOC President Leslie Torres, and Michael Smith, Parks & Recreation Manager for the island.  There were also many faces from PS/IS 217 involved!  Many thanks to Ms. Christian (Middle School ELA teacher); coordinator of the Arbor Day Celebration, Mr. Solow (music & band teacher) and the Middle School band for their musical performances, Ms. Feldman's Class 201 and Ms. Sheridan's Class 202 for reciting the poem 'Think Like a Tree' by Karen Shragg, and our Principal, Ms. Beckman giving the closing remarks.
Think Like a Tree
by Karen I. Shragg
Soak up the sun
Affirm life's magic
Be graceful in the wind
Stand tall after a storm
Feel refreshed after it rains
Grow strong without notice
Be prepared for each season
Provide shelter to strangers
Hang tough through a cold spell
Emerge renewed at the first signs of spring
Stay deeply rooted while reaching for the sky
Be still long enough to
hear your own leaves rustling.


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