Petway Elementary School held its 13th Annual Role Model Breakfast on February 22, an event sponsored by the Vineland Education Association (VEA), said Kelly Brooks, a fifth-grade teacher who is a coordinator of the event.
Since 2007, Petway's fifth grade students have been inviting their adult role models to this special event, which integrates many areas of the curriculum, such as reading, writing, and technology. It also incorporates many aspects of the school’s character education program known as, “The Pathway to Patriot Pride”.
This year, as in the past, students wrote essays thanking their role models for the positive influence they had on each students’ life. Students wrote about role models who helped them through difficult times, encouraging them to always try their best, and about role models who lived their lives in a manner students wanted to emulate, such as older siblings. Students also presented their role models with a certificate jacket, inside of which held a Certificate of Appreciation and the essay written about them.
The Petway Chorus, under the direction of Mrs. Theresa Bordo and Mrs. Jeanette Ganio, sang “Wind Beneath My Wings.” After enjoying a breakfast provided by the Vineland Education Association (VEA), a fifth grade student from each classroom read their essay aloud to everyone present. Readers and their role models were Rakaiyah Rowley, William Rowley, Jr.; Chris DeCarvalho Chanez, Jose Chanez; Ashley Cruz, William Cruz; Parvati Bancroft, Lauren Townsend; Sereniti Padilla, Zuleyka Casiano; and Dominic Mercado, Carlos Mercado, Sr.
Also attending were Superintendent Dr. Mary Gruccio, Assistant Superintendent Nathan Frey, and CCTEC Superintendent Dina Rossi.
Click on the link below for a gallery of select images of this event.