MILLERSPORT – Valentine’s Day is about far more than romance, said Millersport Elementary School Principal Angela Harrison. “A lot of Valentine’s Day has to do with friendship and concern for others,” she said, her school’s hallways lined with students’ holiday art and well wishes for friends and teachers. “It’s about being nice to each other.”
Harrison said there’s plenty for elementary school students, such as Millersport first graders Kaylee Wallen, Zack Montgomery, and Emily Blevins, to learn from Valentine’s Day, or any holiday for that matter. “It’s all about making learning more fun,” she said. That’s possible any time teachers can incorporate things and events from every day life into their studies. For example, describing their friendships or what they like about fellow students or teachers is excellent for honing writing skills, and technology played a role for some students, who entered information into a computer to generate a heartshaped Valentine interwoven with a positive message. Oh, and Valentine’s Day has its perks for the staff, too.
“Teachers and principals get a lot of candy on that day,” said Harrison.