Preston Elementary School physical education teachers Jennifer Burkhardt and Timothy Poole-DiSalvo presented the “Big Shoes To Fill” award to Eileen Carney’s third grade class and Kim Salvatore’s kindergarten class. The award, a large pair of orange or blue basketball sneakers worn by a member of the New York Knicks, is presented to two classes at Preston who consistently display character traits that are valued by the school community and is on display in that classroom for a month.
The “Big Shoes to Fill” award is part of the larger “Preston Cares About Character” program that was developed and implemented by the school’s Character Committee. The program emphasizes Preston students’ awareness of safety, respectfulness, and kindness toward others in their school community as well as their collaborative problem solving abilities.
Each month, one class from the primary grades and one from the intermediate grades will be chosen as the recipients of the “Big Shoes To Fill” award for having exemplified these important character traits during their time in physical education class.