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North Syracuse Junior High School Students Celebrate Positivity

When the Everson Museum’s 2019 Festival of Trees kicks off this week, North Syracuse Junior High School will be represented in a “positively” spectacular way. For the first time ever, the school has created and donated a collaborative work of art to the museum’s annual exhibit.

With the school’s ongoing efforts around the Positivity Project, students and staff decided to create their tree using the Project’s 24 Character Traits. Individual ornaments were conceptualized for each of the 24 traits and were then brought to life by students and staff.

Some of the many traits represented on the school’s tree included perspective, humility, love of learning, gratitude and appreciation of beauty.  In addition to ornaments, students in Family and Consumer Sciences classes created and donated a cloth garland for the tree.

The project’s organizer, Kathy Carr, was impressed with the students’ ideas and the passion they put into the project. She said, “I have always wanted to do a tree for this in the past, but thought this was the perfect time with our school doing the positivity project. The kids had so much fun that I would definitely do it again next year!”
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Many thanks to the staff and students responsible for creating the following parts of the tree:
  • Nita Baum’s Family and Consumer Science classes – cloth garland
  • Trish Jones’ classes – water globe tags
  • Rebecca Patterson’s classes – angel on shell for appreciation of beauty and excellence
  • Mary Beebe’s Honor Society student’s – Purple Heart for bravery, smiley face for humor, Celtic Knot for integrity and a red heart for love
  • Sharon Byrns’ Academic Support classes – perspective
  • Kelly Fisher’s Mural Club – fairness, humility, love of learning and gratitude clear ball ornaments
  • Kimberly Delahunt and Danielle Walsh’s Yearbook club – Christmas gift for kindness, camera for connection/purpose
  • Tiffany Ciarico’s DECA Leadership Club – star ornament for leadership
  • Felicia Viscome’s Herself and Alliance Club – feather for hope and butterfly for open-mindedness
  • Jason Shannon's Class – hand ornament for self-control
  • Kathy Carr’s Community Builders Club – tree topper and school bus ornament for teamwork/citizenship
  • Laurie Gadsden’s Student Ambassadors – dog chasing ball for zest/enthusiasm
  • Kristen Hill, Nicole Brown and Tim Krueger’s PS2 Club – clear ornaments decorated for connection, purpose, forgiveness, perseverance, prudence and social intelligence