A Generous Donation Toward the Second Step

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The district recently received a generous donation of $25,000 from NYS Assemblywoman Christine Pellegrino to support and enhance the school’s newly implemented K-6 Social Emotional Program, titled Second Step. 

The social emotional program came about due to the brainstorming of multiple district staff members. It aims to promote school success, school connectedness, and a safe, respectful, responsible school climate by directly teaching the skills that strengthen the students’ ability to learn, manage emotions, have empathy and solve problems.

Throughout the course of a recent visit to Babylon Memorial Grade School, Assemblywoman Pellegrino was able to sit down with Babylon Memorial Grade School Principal Steven Goldberg, Babylon Elementary School Principal Travis Davey and Superintendent of Schools Linda Rozzi to discuss the district’s robust efforts to date and brainstorm ideas to further the success of the initiative in the future. 

Additionally, joining Assemblywoman Pellegrino was current Speaker of the New York State Assembly Carl Heastie, who was also able to engage in productive conversations with the Babylon School District staff. 

Babylon Memorial Grade School third-grade teacher Catherine O’Connor was on hand in the school library to demonstrate an exemplary lesson rooted in the Second Step philosophy with her class. As the students interacted amongst each other and focused on their listening skills, they also optimized concentration habits.

“I was grateful to have been able to discuss the strong relationships Babylon has had with our elected officials, and how we work together on initiatives that help public schools,” said Superintendent of Schools Linda Rozzi. “Due to Assemblywoman Pellegrino’s generous aid, students will be able to look forward to additions to the program such as yoga sessions during the winter months.”