FM Bound Program at Park Terrace – Iditarod Experience

March 8, 2013

Kindergartner Hayden (in cart) prepares for a sled dog ride with Adirondack Dog Sledding owner Kate VanSlyke as her classmates wait their turn

Kindergartner Hayden (in cart) prepares for a sled dog ride with Adirondack Dog Sledding owner Kate VanSlyke as her classmates wait their turn

Park Terrace Elementary School held their March FM Bound Program; this month’s theme was “The Iditarod Sled Dog Race.” Each of the three kindergarten classes took part in various morning activities including watching the movie “Balto,” an animated historical adventure film based on a true story about the half dog/half wolf of the same name who helped save children from the diphtheria epidemic in the 1925 serum run to Nome; listening to the story “Granite,” a story about four-time Iditarod champion Susan Butcher and her greatest lead dog named Granite, who did not start as a lead dog; Granite was a shy, scraggly pup that the others pushed around, but Susan saw his potential and together they worked until he became leader of the team; and taking an actual ride on the dog sled provided by Kate VanSlyke of Adirondack Dog Sledding. This is VanSlyke’s fourth season working with the sled dogs.

Each class was also visited by FM Admissions and Enrollment Management Assistant Mimi Eglin who discussed the importance of education as she handed each of them a “FM banner.”

Students in Mrs. Palumbo’s kindergarten class show off their new FM banner with former principal Stephen Pavone and FM Admissions & Enrollment Management Assistant Mimi Eglin (in the back row)

Students in Mrs. Palumbo’s kindergarten class show off their new FM banner with former principal Stephen Pavone and FM Admissions & Enrollment Management Assistant Mimi Eglin (in the back row)

FM Bound is a program focusing on Park Terrace kindergarten students and their parents, instilling the belief that all children can learn college and career readiness skills and attend college. FM Bound includes partnering with FM to provide monthly literacy activities. Funds are currently being raised in order to offer students who start at Park Terrace in 2012 and graduate from the school’s fifth grade a free college education at FM, pending the student meets scholarship criteria. This endowment is created through a partnership with FM’s Foundation. Anyone interested in making a donation or for further details should contact FM’s Foundation Office at (518) 736-FMCC (3622), ext. 8020.

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