School to celebrate Week of the Young Child

HARDYSTON. Wallkill Valley junior explains her Girl Scout Gold Award project to the Township Council.

| 06 Mar 2023 | 01:17

Girl Scout Lily Tobachnick will bring the Week of the Young Child to Hardyston Elementary School as her Gold Star project.

She explained to the Township Council at its Feb. 22 meeting that the week is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

The purpose of the association “is to focus on the needs of young children and recognize the programs that meet those needs,” she said. “Early childhood lays the foundation for the rest of their education so it is important it is recognized.”

The NAEYC has themes for each day starting April 1: Music Monday, Tasty Tuesday, Work Together Wednesday, Artsy Thursday and Family Friday.

There will be activities to go along with each day’s theme, she said. Each class will have something a little different to do.

“With the help from the teachers, I will create the projects and crafts and then they will be completed on the days that go along with that theme.”

The Gold Award is the highest award for Girl Scouts. It requires 80 hours of work and many steps are needed to get the idea approved.

Tobachnick is a junior at Wallkill Valley Regional High School. She has been a Girl Scout since she was in kindergarten.

She also takes dance lessons and is part of the school’s music department.