Flanders, Riverside And Northampton Community Notes, February 13

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Helping a neighbor clear his driveway of snow, opening a door for a stranger, reading a book to someone who cannot do so on their own, or simply saying “please” and “thank you.” These simple “acts of kindness” seem almost lost in today’s society, so they are wonderful to witness when they actually do occur.Wouldn’t it be great if everyone could make a point of doing one act of kindness every day? I know we’re all busy, but just think about what a great place we would live in if people were just plain nice to one another.

The students at the Phillips Avenue Elementary School in Riverside are working hard spreading kindness around their school, and also at home, as part of The Great Kindness Challenge. The challenge leads into their Valentine’s Day celebrations, which are typically symbolized by love and kindness, and asks that the students perform as many acts of kindness as possible.

Phillips Avenue students have been encouraged to participate by complimenting five people, slipping a nice note into a friend’s desk or backpack, bringing a flower for an office staffer, or even helping out a custodian or teacher. The goal of the challenge is to try to create an environment of kindness that will become second nature to them and, in return, increase tolerance, unity and respect among the students both in and out of school.

The challenge began in January and will continue throughout February. Perhaps we could learn a little something from these wonderful students and pay it forward with our own acts of kindness.

The Phillips Avenue PTO has been busy preparing for a fabulous Valentine’s Day Spaghetti Dinner as their special way to “pay it forward.” Tonight, Thursday, February 13, Phillips Avenue students, along with their families, are invited to enjoy this celebration in the school cafeteria. The invitations should have arrived via your child’s backpack, so check those for the starting time.

The Phillips Avenue PTO is a nonprofit that relies on parent volunteers to help organize and run all of the wonderful events they schedule for the students, including laser light shows at Halloween, holiday shopping excursions and many other special events throughout the year. Please think about volunteering some time or attending a meeting, which are open to all parents, and sharing your thoughts and ideas.

Keep up the great work, ladies and gentlemen of the Phillips Avenue PTO. Your hard work is appreciated.

We have a few more super-scholars to congratulate this week, so here we go: Samantha Colt of Riverhead was named to the dean’s list at the University of Rhode Island while Colleen Sullivan, also of Riverhead, found her name among the dean’s list scholars at the University of Dayton in Ohio. Your family, friends and neighbors are proud of your hard work and we all wish you the best of luck for the new semester. Congratulations.

On The Calendar

Friday, February 28 and Friday, March 7: Southampton Town Youth Bureau auditions for the inaugural “Hamptons Got Talent” competition. Auditions run from 4 until 7:30 p.m. at the Hampton Bays Community Center on Ponquogue Avenue in Hampton Bays. This competition is open to all Southampton Town residents in grades 5 to 12. Organizers are looking for those who enjoy singing, dancing, playing music, stand-up comedy, performing magic and writing poetry. Call (631) 702-2432 for additional details.

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