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(Byron-Bergen CSD News Release) 

Bergen, NY – Fourth-graders learned about the importance of being proactive during two character education events featuring local community members, last week at Byron-Bergen Elementary School. 

During the No Magic in Drugs event provided through the Byron Kiwanis, Karvell the Magician spoke to students about the dangers of drugs and alcohol, but did so with a magical twist. Several students helped Karvell as he performed a variety of magic tricks.
Karvell shared the three words “Yes I Can” with students, encouraging them that “you will always have a chance to keep drugs and alcohol out of your life.”
“Our school is being proactive by teaching students the dangers of drugs, and how to rise above the influence of peer pressure,” said Administrative Intern and Teacher Kelly Markle.
PHOTO: Karvell the Magician talks to elementary students about the
dangers of drugs and alcohol at Byron-Bergen Elementary School.

The other event featured guest speaker Patricia Mason, director of Professional Development and Training at the Center for Dispute Settlement in Rochester. Mason spoke to students about cultural diversity.
Mason said her goal is to get students to be tolerant of differences in others. 
“I encourage you to think about how you want to be treated and how to treat others in your community,” she said to students.
Elementary Principal Keith Wing said the presentation aims to help students understand that everyone is different. 
“I want to challenge you to do your part to contribute to a good community,” Mason said.
The two events correlate with the school’s The Leader in Me character education program, implemented this school year.
The program has 7 Habits, and the first is “Being Proactive,” which both events focused on. The habit is about being in charge and being responsible in doing the right thing.


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