Mars Area School District commemorated Children’s Grief Awareness Day today (Thursday, Nov. 17) with a variety of activities centered around creating awareness about the needs of those children, who may be grieving because of the loss of a parent, sibling or another close family member.
All students and staff members were encouraged to wear the color blue to show their support for those experiencing a loss. At Mars Area Primary Center, first-graders joined in a lesson based on the children’s book, “My Blue is Happy” by Jessica Young, and completed a “HOPE the Butterfly” coloring page activity. The decorated butterflies, a universal symbol of hope, will be displayed at the school.
In their STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Art Mathematics) classes, Mars Area Elementary School fourth-graders created videos with uplifting messages that were shared with their classmates earlier today. The students used various methods to make their videos, including stop-motion animation, Minecraft Education, Chatterpix Animation, and Brush Ninja Animator.
Each Mars Area Elementary School student (Grades 2-4) received a butterfly cutout, on which he/she could add encouraging messages or pictures or write the name of a person or animal whom they have lost.
At Mars Area Centennial School, grief-related books were highlighted in the school’s library. In addition, announcements regarding Children’s Grief Awareness Day were made throughout the day and fifth- and sixth-graders had an opportunity to add butterflies to a memorial wall.
In their art classes, all elementary students (K-6) will also be invited to participate in The Caring Place poster contest. All contest submissions must be submitted to the appropriate art teacher or school counselor by no later than Friday, Jan. 20.
For details, visit www.childrensgriefawarenessday.org.