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Elementary Schoolers Build Air-Powered Toy Cars, Send Greetings to Local Seniors

Elementary school students from across the district met at JFK Magnet School last Friday to find innovative solutions to a science project. Students also met for Global Youth Service Day.

Forget your Toyota Prius hybrid car, Port Chester youngsters are now learning to power miniature vehicles using…air balloons?

Students from all four district elementary schools put their heads together to test the distance of self-built cars last Friday morning at the 10th Annual Science, Math and Technology Olympiad.

Held at John F. Kennedy Magnet School, village kids from Park Avenue, King Street and Edison schools broke into teams to first construct the toy vehicle, power it with air from rubber balloons and send it down a ramp to test how far it could go.

The junior scientists then presented how they found solutions and received awards for their accomplishments. And just like the Indy 500, this small-scale event racked up a slew of sponsorships— from local organizations like Tamarack Tower Foundation and the Port Chester Teachers Federal Credit Union.

Global Youth Service Day at OASIS program

Later that afternoon, Open Door Medical Centers collaborated with John F. Kennedy Magnet School's OASIS after-school program to help students learn what it means to give back to those less fortunate.

In coordinance with Global Youth Service Day, little ones decorated brown paper bags clad with wellness messages to be delivered to Meals on Wheels recipients, created posters inspiring healthy choices to be hung on the school walls and participated in physical fitness activities.

Carol Nielsen April 20, 2011 at 09:20 PM
The bags were sent out with our home delivered meals and the seniors loved them!! They were colorful and well written. Some seniors sent their own thank you notes to the Oasis after school children. Our thanks to the students and teachers, it was very thoughtful. Carol Nielsen, Director PC Senior Center
Christine Loughran April 21, 2011 at 12:31 AM
That's great! Glad to hear it, and thanks for reading :) -Christine

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