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The Valley Breeze & Observer 04-23-2020

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SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | APRIL 23-29, 2020 IN OUR SCHOOLS 3 in August," he said. Senior prom is still in the works, Kelley said. While the venue, the Newport Naval Base, hasn't changed, dates have. He said he is working to bring prom to seniors in August, as well. The senior awards night is mov- ing to a virtual awards ceremony this year, as is the time-honored Smithfield Oratorical competition. Seniors were invited to dress up during virtual learning to make up for missing senior week, Kelley said. "We may even have more kids participate this year because of what we're experiencing," he said. He said final dates for everything will be available online. Other things most likely won't hap- pen, Kelley said, including spring sports. He said it is shattering for juniors and seniors who would be recruited this season. "It's just devastating. There are so many layers to this for kids and families that we're missing out on," he said. A silver lining, for Kelley, is that virtual learning will revolutionize edu- cation in the country. "Think about it. We'll never have a snow day again," he said. From preceding page SCITUATE – Parents and students of North Scituate Elementary School stood at the end of their driveways last Friday, some waving signs read- ing "we miss you," to a parade of passing teachers. North Scituate Elementary School Principal Kaitlin Soccio said she and 3rd-grade teacher Paul DiLugio were discussing ways to keep dis- tance learning exciting and came up with car parades. She shared the idea with School Resource Officer Richard Parenti, who got the ball rolling. Parenti got police and fire departments on board, creating the route to reach as many students as possible. Soccio said all the teachers had "so much fun." "Many families met at meeting spots if we didn't drive by their house. I have received a great amount of parent support and thanks for bringing happiness to all around town," Soccio said. About 20 cars filled with North Scituate Elementary School teach- ers and staff took the winding route through North Scituate neighbor- hoods, many cars decorated with signs encouraging students to keep studying. Parenti's route took about an hour to complete. School Committee Chairwoman Erika McCormick put a thank you sign outside her house on Trimtown Road. She said distance learning has challenged educators to be creative to support social connections with students to maintain mental and emotional well-being, which is essen- tial to teaching and learning. "The parade was the perfect way to lift everyone's spirits. I know I had fun waving and smiling as the parade went by," she said. Scituate teacher parade lifts students' spirits By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com BREEZE PHOTO BY JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD A parade of more than 20 cars of North Scituate Elementary School teachers and from the Scituate Police and Fire departments traveled a route through North Scituate neighborhoods waving to students last Friday. DOES CHARCOAL TOOTHPASTE WORK? The enduring popularity of tooth-whitening is testimony to the fact that it is no mere fad, but an accepted cosmetic procedure and part of routine dental care for many. However, this popularity has led some consumers to try "charcoal toothpaste" based on unsubstantiated claims that it whitens teeth and removes impurities by binding to tooth surface deposits. Unfortunately, while activated charcoal does have toxin-absorbing properties that prove useful in some situations (such as treatment for poisoning), its value as a tooth-whitener is highly doubtful. 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