Stream of Inspiration at TJL

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During the first month of the 2017-18 school year, students at Thomas J. Lahey Elementary in the Harborfields Central School District worked on an art project celebrating individuality, based on the book Only One You by Linda Kranz. 

During art class, teachers went through the story page by page, applying the lessons to students’ every-day lives—covering topics such as being different from everyone else, or how to handle adversity. Each student painted a rock as a reflection of themselves and their uniqueness, and placed them in front of the school, creating a “Stream of Inspiration”. 

Students from Ms. Weber’s fifth-grade class were eager to show off their uniqueness. When asked what they liked most about themselves, or what made them one-of-a-kind, students beamed with pride while answering. 

“I like that I’m dependable, especially for my friends and family,” fifth grader Lance said, while another student, Lea, commented, “I’m always honest. No matter what.”

This positive self-view was a goal of the project itself—building a healthy confidence in children who will one day make the world a better place.