Each school day, Matthew Paterson Elementary School Principal Jennifer Darling stands near the front door and greets the students as they come to school.
“Good morning,” she says. “Welcome to school. Have a great day.”
Some children stop to chat, some smile in reply, and others simply rush on to their friends and teachers.
To Principal Darling, the important thing is that the children sense that school is a supportive, nurturing community where they are cared for and safe.
So, she set out to read the book “School Is More Than a Building,” by Kelley Donner, to every class in every grade at Matthew Paterson Elementary. The picture book, written by the popular children’s book author when her children returned to school after being at home during the pandemic, shows the importance of social connection.
Darling started reading the picture book to the fourth grade and is working her way down through the other grades. On a recent morning, she visited Michele Love’s third grade class.
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