School district employees aid community

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Community engagement is a huge piece of what we do. We’re not just teachers, teaching assistants, secretaries, etc. — we’re public figures and we need to be seen by our community as people who care.

This is just one instance of what we’re trying to accomplish in the school district. I, personally, am proud of our team members for always going above and beyond for our community. This community always rallies around us when we need them and Rome City School District employees will always do the same. 

Walmart in Rome was abuzz with holiday shoppers and last minute gift givers on Saturday morning and Superintendent Peter Blake was there to greet those shoppers with a warm smile despite the frigid temperatures. Rome City School District employees happily rang the Salvation Army bell to spread some holiday cheer.

Second grade teacher Amanda Mitchell from Bellamy School drove from Canastota with her daughter Taylor to ring the bell and wish a “Merry Christmas” to community members. Bellamy principal Molly Mytych and Gansevoort pincipal Wendy Waters were also on hand to spread holiday cheer. Jessica Lattimore, Darlene Plumb, Theresa Abone, and Amanda Carey-Thompson were also part of the bell ringing crew! 

Thanks for reading! 

— Amanda Carey-Thompson, Rome

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