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Wood Park Students Explore Kid-Size Commack

The building's gymnasium is turned into a minature Commack town for students to explore.

Ben Horsham and Luke Talerak "drive" around town after a stop at Hoyt Farm to see the animals. Photo by Brenda Lentsch.
Ben Horsham and Luke Talerak "drive" around town after a stop at Hoyt Farm to see the animals. Photo by Brenda Lentsch.

Commack Physical Education teacher Cathy Pugh transformed the gymnasium at Wood Park Primary School into a mini Commack town – complete with all the children’s favorite places. 

The evolution was part of the school’s Safety City unit, in which students are taught how to be role-model citizens through kindness, respect and cooperation.

In the mini-Commack town, students traverse Jericho Turnpike on their scooters after “filling up” at a local gas station, being careful to observe all the posted signage. Then they’re off to climb trees at Hoyt Farm, go through tunnels and play games at a favorite restaurant center, bowl, swing through the air on rings at a local gymnastics establishment, run around the high school track or play ice hockey. The roadways were lined with photos that students drew of their own homes.

The Wood Park lunch aides helped the students draw the pictures during indoor recreation. King Kullen helped by donating the paper bags for the pictures, and Angela Perillo and Alex Calabro added helping hands with set-up.

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