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 Second Grade's Growing Globally photo

Second Grade's Growing Globally

In second grade we are continually growing globally through our exploration of the United Kingdom. Miss Steed, our VIF teacher from the UK, enjoys sharing about her country and all the students enjoy learning about the similarities and differences between our countries.

International Charity
As part of our global work we linked up with a British charity called ‘The British Legion’. One way the charity raises money is through the Poppy Appeal. The idea is similar to your Veteran’s Day. The Poppy Appeal was established to help those returning from the First World War. A century after the start of that conflict, we're still helping today's Armed Forces families in much the same way, whether coping with bereavement, living with disability, or finding employment.

The poppy is a powerful symbol. It is worn to commemorate the sacrifices of our Armed Forces and to show support to those still serving today and their loved ones. Donations raised through the Poppy Appeal go directly to our welfare work, providing through life care to anyone who is currently serving in the British Armed Forces; who has previously served and their families. Second graders learned about this charity and decided to raise funds for it by selling poppies. They created posters advertising the poppies and then students could purchase a large poppy for $2 and a small poppy for $1. If you want to support this charity then see Miss Steed who still has some small poppies available.

International Festival and Environmental Project
Ever wondered what is different between transportation in the United Kingdom and the United States of America? Then take a walk down second grade’s ‘London Street’ during our International Festival. Second graders are busy creating a ‘London Street’ to allow you some of the experiences and sights of London whilst exploring their given theme of transport. We are also tying in our environmental project in with our ‘London Street’ work by using recycled materials to create our displays and work for the International Festival.



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Renee Rogers Recognized as the 2015 Union County Humanitarian of the Year photo

Renee Rogers Recognized as the 2015 Union County Humanitarian of the Year

Antioch Elementary is so proud of Renee Rogers, a 4th grade teacher, who was the first-ever recipient of the 2015 Sgt. Jeff Greene Memorial Humanitarian Award on Friday, March 6. She is actively involved in community service and volunteering here in Union County and abroad. She was also Antioch Elementary’s Teacher of the Year for 2013-2014.

Along with being a teacher, mother and wife, Mrs. Rogers is a major part of a local nonprofit organization, Food for Families, LLC. They pack food bags for 335 students in four Union County Schools every week - including Antioch. They provide breakfast, lunch, and dinner items in the bags. In America, one out of every four students is hungry, so Food for Families works to change that statistic!

After receiving the award, Mrs. Rogers said, “I want to personally thank Chuck "Horn" Schermerhorn with Allen Tate Realty for honoring me with the 2015 Sgt. Jeff Greene Memorial Humanitarian Award! Chuck wanted to recognize teachers, firefighters, policeman and medics. Who does that nowadays? He does- so thank you Chuck! Also thank you to my family and friends that came out to support me tonight and any other time. Most importantly I want to thank God for letting me get up every day and loving me when I'm not lovable! I dare you to find something you are passionate about and make a difference. You will get the bigger blessing from it!”

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