Feeling Good, Looking Good, Behaving Well 317

Fifth-grade students in David Perkins’ class at Frank P. Long Intermediate School in the South Country Central School District regularly don bow ties and hair ribbons during monthly participation in the class’ Bowtie Tuesday. The activity is an opportunity for students to look and feel good about themselves, while simultaneously practicing the goals of the district’s character education program.

“By wearing the bow ties and ribbons, the students look good and feel good about themselves,” Mr. Perkins explained. “Bowtie Tuesday also reminds the students about their goals to become more responsible and mature, our theme for the year.”

On Bowtie Tuesday, the students temporarily put away their own work and listen to the guest speakers who regularly visit the classroom, offering their tips for success. Prior to the holiday break, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Joseph Giani and Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Accountability Marlon Small made an appearance and discussed what each of their jobs in the district entails. The students also asked questions about whether their jobs are stressful, why they wanted their jobs, whether they liked school as a child and what they like to do after work.

Dr. Giani and Mr. Small also had words of advice for the students. Mr. Small told the students they should always set goals and work toward them, paying attention to the Golden Rule. Dr. Giani said, “When you have a challenge, make the best decision and stick with it.” He also noted, “Nothing is better than being true to yourself and others.”

Frank P. Long Intermediate School fifth-graders wore bow ties and ribbons for Bowtie Tuesday and are pictured with (back, left) teacher David Perkins and (center, l-r) South Country Central School District School Superintendent Dr. Joseph Giani and Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Accountability Marlon Small.

Photo courtesy of the South Country Central School District

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Paint Patchogue Purple for Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month 430

If you have been in Patchogue recently, we are sure you have noticed the purple ribbons located around town. The Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce has partnered with local businesses and elected officials to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease. Patchogue has “gone purple” from June 16th through the 30th  to support local families affected by Alzheimer’s disease.

Approximately 30 local businesses are participating by decorating their storefronts and stores with purple ribbons which were donated by the Village Walk.  Businesses will be offering specials on purple items in their stores and raising funds with point of sale campaigns to support The Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce Walk team.  The walk will be held on Saturday, September 28th in Yaphank and all proceeds fund efforts to help end Alzheimer’s and other dementia’s.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, there are 5.8 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease, including 400,000 in New York State. By 2050 that number is projected to reach as many as 14 million. Patchogue Chamber of Commerce states that “simply by having a brain, every person is at risk for developing Alzheimer’s, a fatal disease that cannot be prevented, treated or even slowed. Patchogue knows it’s important to take action now to help end this epidemic.”

“We applaud the Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce and the Village of Patchogue for acknowledging June 2019 as Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month,” said Douglas Davidson, executive director for the Alzheimer’s Association Long Island Chapter. “Our ongoing efforts to support, educate and advocate for Long Islanders affected by Alzheimer’s disease in coordination with the County and State Departments of Health, Governor Cuomo and the New York State legislature are key to mitigating the Alzheimer’s public health crisis in New York.”

On Monday June 24th,  The Float Place in Patchogue will be hosting a Sunset Yoga and Meditation at Mascot Dock in Patchogue. Below is the event flyer which contains event schedule and other details.


There is also a media campaign running for the entire month of June.  Help turn Facebook purple for Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month, be sure to use #PaintPatchoguePurple, #ENDALZ, @alzlongisland when posting.  For more info checkout  @alz.org/abam

Here is the list of Patchogue businesses participating in #PaintPatchoguePurple:
Amazing Olive
Amulet Arts
BluePont Brewery
Brickhouse Brewery
Cirigliano Agency
Curiosity shop
Del Fuego
Edward Jones
Free Spirit Patchogue
I love Mac & cheese
James and Joyce
Meetball Place
Pat Med Library
Pauly Market & Butchery
Public House 49
Swell Taco
Tap Room
Variedades Rincon Latino

For more information about Alzheimer’s check out the links below:

Alzhiemer’s Association

Alzhiemer’s Disease Facts & Figures report

  #PaintPatchoguePurple, #ENDALZ, @alzlongisland

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