Liberty community celebrates student art at annual Art Show

Dozens of parents followed behind their children who eagerly pointed out their artistic masterpieces on Thursday, May 28 during the second annual Liberty Elementary and Middle School Art Show.

Students of the Liberty Elementary and Middle Schools have been working all year creating works of art. To celebrate their accomplishments, their artwork will be on display at Liberty Public Library for two weeks from May 28-June 12.

Many community members attended the exhibits opening reception on May 28 to celebrate the artistic talent and skill of the elementary and middle school students.

The Liberty Elementary and Middle School Art Show Youth Art Month was created in 2014 by the Liberty Art Department and Liberty Public Library as a way to emphasize the value of art education and to encourage support for quality art programs.

In this exhibit, dozens of works of art in different media displayed the creative expression and made by each of the elementary and middle school students from the Liberty Central School District.

At the reception, Zac Shavrick, metal sculptor and Liberty graduate, demonstrated his metal sculpting technique. Shavrick is well known for his colorful, 10-foot creation, “Ed”, located near the town building on North Main Street in Liberty.

Attendees also admired the painted storybook chairs that were specially designed and painted by National Art Honor Society students at Liberty High School. The themed chairs include Harry Potter, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and The Lorax, to name a few.

The high school artists who worked on the chair project were Jade Balser, Jenna Blank, Alison DeFrank, Paula Doty, Phoenix Feldman, Esther Fitzgerald, Naomi Fitzgerald, Imani Kelly, Kat Johnston, Madison McKiernan, Kiri Milling, Maria Symanski and Sierra Thomas.

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Fog machine causes temporary evacuation at elementary school

Liberty Elementary School briefly evacuated all building occupants on Thursday, May 28, when a fog-making machine that was being used during a morning assembly activated the fire alarm.

Fog machines and laser lights were being used during the assembly to teach students about concepts such as persistence of vision, energy conversion, momentum and inertia. At approximately 10:50 a.m., the fog machine was turned on, the fire alarm sounded, and students were immediately evacuated.

The Liberty Fire Department responded as soon as the alarm went off and district personnel notified the fire department that the fog machine had triggered the alarm.

Students remained outside the school about 15 minutes while district personnel checked the building. Once district personnel verified that the building was clear and safe, students returned to their classrooms.

Parents with questions or concerns should contact the Liberty Elementary School’s main office at (845) 292-7262.

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Free meals for kids starts June 29 in Liberty

School is almost out for the summer, and the summer feeding program will be available again to Liberty area students.

The Liberty Central School District will once again be participating in the USDA Summer Food Service Program from June 29 of this year through August 14. Participating sites (listed below) will provide free, nutritious meals to kids and teens 18 and under.

Meals will be provided to all children without charge. There are no income requirements to participate in this summer program, and students do not have to be enrolled in Liberty Central Schools.

Participating sites:

Liberty Elementary School – 201 Main Street, Liberty NY 12428:
 Meals will be served to any child, accompanied by an adult Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Liberty Elementary School cafeteria.

Liberty Middle School – 125 Buckley Street, Liberty, NY  12428:

The district will provide breakfast and lunch each week day to students enrolled in the full day Grade K-6 and Grade 7-12 Summer School Programs at the Liberty Middle School from 8:45-9:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Hanofee Park – 136 Sunset Lake Road, Liberty, NY 12428
 The district will also provide breakfast and lunch each week day to students enrolled in the Town of Liberty Parks and Recreation Day Camp participants at Hanofee Park from 8:45-9:15  a.m. and 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

For additional information, please contact Dara Smith at 845-292-5400 ext. 2040.

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Mock car crash sends powerful message to LHS teen drivers

With prom season in full bloom and graduation just around the corner, Liberty High School provided a direct look at the dangers that can come with getting behind the wheel while intoxicated.

Student volunteers of Liberty High School paired up with local public safety officials to conduct a mock car accident in the school’s parking lot on Tuesday, May 26. The event included a real-life look at the aftermath of a two-car crash after one of the drivers had been drinking.

The mock-accident scene, which was located in the high school parking lot, told the tale of a head-on collision between a packed car of prom-bound teens and another vehicle. The cries and screams of the victims echoing through the parking lots and the convergence of numerous emergency vehicles including fire trucks, ambulances, and police cars drove home the significance of the simulation – drinking and driving kills and speed kills.

The simulation, coordinated by Assistant High School Principal Anthony Sinacore, takes place every other year.

“What was reenacted is too often a reality and we don’t want to lose a single student in such a tragic, senseless way,” Mr. Sinacore said.

The simulation included emergency personnel from J. C. Young Hose Company,
Swan Lake and White Sulphur Springs Fire Departments, Grahamsville and Liberty Ambulance Squads as well as the Liberty Police Department.

Nine students participated in the reenactment with firefighters, police officers, paramedics and a coroner on hand to help create the scene.

Assistant Chief John Nicholas helped lead the reenactment and said the goal was to show all of the students the situation after someone elects to drive while impaired.

These types of reenactments are popular during prom season and near the end of graduation, to reinforce that students understand the consequences that can come with drinking and driving.

In order to stage the crash, Liberty Police and Fire Department strategically smashed two cars to make it look as though they had been damaged in an accident. Firefighters, doctors, nurses and paramedics acted out the crash as if they were being called to an actual crash scene. Officer Devin Brust, the Liberty Central School District’s School Resource Officer, gave the driver a sobriety test.

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Symphonic band and honors chorus participate in Music in the Parks

On Saturday, May 16, the Liberty High School Symphonic Band and Honors Chorus participated in the Music in the Parks competitive music festival hosted at Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

Music in the Parks is a day-long festival for student choral, orchestral, and band ensembles, held annually across the United States. There, music groups perform before adjudicators who rate the ensemble in the morning, and then spend the rest of the day enjoying the amusement park.

The Music in the Parks festival featured adjudication from area music experts. Liberty’s performances were adjudicated by a panel of two; both groups won first place in their division with a rating of “Excellent.”

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Students are making a change for clean water

A wonderful morning was spent with Gift of Water Director Lamothe Paul Lormier, who addressed over 120 third-graders on the importance of having clean water in the world on Thursday, May 12 in the Liberty Elementary cafeteria.

Lamothe is from Haiti and has participated with the Liberty Rotary Club’s Haiti Clean Water Project.

Together, he and Rotary member Mr. Gary Siegel discussed and showed a power point presentation asking where in the world is Haiti? and why don’t they have clean water like us?

Students had the chance to taste the water that was purified from a simple purifier that was displayed by Mr. Siegel. Lamothe let students know that one purifier purifies water for five Haitian families.

This presentation connected with the Third Grade Module Unit of Study on the Importance of Clean Water and was organized by reading and writing teacher Mrs. Jodi Fiddle- Lieberman.

Liberty Elementary School’s third-grade students are now campaigning to make a change for clean water. They are requesting others to drop their change in cans throughout the building. The change will be collected and donated to Lamothe to aid his organization to bring more filters to families in Haiti.

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Sullivan County BOCES closed for remainder of today, May 8

Sullivan County BOCES officials notified the Liberty Central School District on May 8 that BOCES received a threat via voice mail to its schools and facilities.

BOCES officials immediately notified law enforcement and placed its facilities on “lock out” to ensure the safety of students and staff. A police investigation is currently underway, and BOCES programs are canceled for the remainder of the day.

  • All full-day BOCES Liberty students were transported home from BOCES facilities at 10:40 a.m. Parents were notified by telephone.
  • Morning Career and Tech students returned to the high school for their regular afternoon schedule.
  • Afternoon Career and Tech students remained at the high school.

Parents with questions or concerns should contact the Liberty District Office at (845) 292-6990.

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In the language of art: fourth grade art postcard exchange

Mrs. Tracie Euker’s fourth grade art classes have recently embarked in an international post card exchange with fifth grade students from the Dangchon Elementary School in Seongnam City, Korea.

Earlier this year, Mrs. Tracie Euker connected with Ms. Ilyoung Jeon through the internet. Together they designed an international post card exchange project to allow their students to experience the universal culture of art.

“We wanted our students learn about the similarities between us, despite our cultural differences,” said Mrs. Euker. “The exchange also assist the Korean students with their English skills and teach our American students about Korean culture and language.”

What’s more, said Mrs. Euker, is that all of the students are experiencing the good, old fashioned thrill of giving and receiving tangible mail a practice that is sadly almost extinct in today’s digital age.

Through the exchange, American and Korean students designed their art cards with symbolism popular to their culture and on the back wrote about themselves, their families, and hobbies and in some cases hopes and dreams.

Liberty Elementary School students say they have learned many things about their Korean friends. They learned what Korean writing looks like, how to pronounce some Korean words, about Kimchi (the most popular traditional Korean food) and taekwondo (the country’s leading traditional sport).

“The students were excited to find out Korean students are able to read and write English just like we do, draw pictures just like we do and enjoy computer games and pizza as much as we do,” Mrs. Euker said.

Mrs. Euker and Ms. Jeon hope the students learn valuable life lessons from the exchange and continue to keep in touch wither their new international pen pals through the universal language of ART.

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