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School Penny Drive Nets $164 for Haddam Fuel Bank

Burr Elementary Students Celebrate 100 Days of Classes by Collecting 1-Cent Coins for Charity

The Burr School PTO had its second successful annual Family Fun Read night in February, headed up by parents Erika Fleig, Kim Kelly and Lauren Braren. 

Teachers teamed up to read some of their favorite bedtime stories to students, who were all decked out in pjs, bathrobes and slippers. Local author and illustrator, Cheryl Kling, read her newest book, “Nature’s Royal Tea Party,” to a crowd of children donning newly made tea party hats. Principal Eric Larson ended the night reading “Jason and the Golden Fleece,” a tale he enjoys reading with his own children. 

Students also had the chance to swap books they have outgrown in exchange for “new” books brought in by other families. All remaining books were donated to Read to Grow, a charity which provides new and gently used books to needy children throughout Connecticut.

To celebrate the 100th day of school, Burr School students held a penny drive, collecting $164 for the Haddam Fuel Bank. Students in many of the classrooms brought in collections of 100 “things” — which included toothpicks, marshmallows, Legos, drinking straws, and more.

Also in February, children’s author and illustrator David Biedrzycki visited Burr School to talk to students about creativity, writing and innovations in art. He showed his own illustrations, which have appeared in magazines, advertisements and books. He showed his step-by-step approach to creating digital art, and worked with students to create original art using his own “graphic tablet.”

The Burr School Cookbook Committee, headed by Jenn Tassmer and Tiffany Riggs, completed the huge task of gathering recipes and artwork to create the PTO’s beautiful new cookbook. The book, which is finally off to the printers, features favorite recipes from nearly 90 Burr School families. In our effort to focus on healthy eating, many of the recipes included fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, as well as low-fat and low-sugar dishes. A local nutritionist reviewed the recipes and notated ones that were “healthy choices.” 

Cookbooks will be available for sale in late spring.

In our effort to keep families moving and grooving – especially in the midst of the Connecticut Mastery Test season – the PTO is bringing in our very own Zumba instructor to Burr School. Zumba is a high-energy dance/exercise program created in Colombia by choreographer Alberto Perez. This upbeat rhythm-and-fitness program combines international music and movements including reggae, merengue, salsa and cumbia. 

Our instructor has created a special family-oriented Zumba program for kids of all ages (and adults of all fitness levels).  

Other upcoming events include Burr Day at the New Britain Rock Cats (April 29), our FlowerPower spring and summer bulb sale, our annual silent auction (held during the Art Show May 4), and another rendition of Pizza Bingo, a favorite night out for many Burr School families.

These activities are all designed to get us through the last few weeks of cold weather and ready for the warmer, outdoor season. After the long winter and mounds of snow, we are all anxious for some sunshine and fresh air!

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