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Inclusivity/Acceptance


The Lakeland Central School District is committed to improving inclusivity and acceptance across our district. There are a number of projects spearheaded by teachers, administrators, counselors, coaches, students, and the Equity for All building teams aimed at this goal. Below are just a few of the projects happening across the district.

BFES Self Portraits
Students at Benjamin Franklin Elementary School celebrated "Inclusive Schools Week" by creating self-portraits based on the book "The Skin You Live In". The portraits are proudly displayed throughout the hallways.

GWES I Am Me Author Presentation
Author Susan Verde, Author of "I Am Me: A Book of Authenticity", presented an interactive workshop to the students at George Washington Elementary School in separate assembly sessions, with each homeroom receiving a signed copy of the book. Her book's theme is Acceptance, one of our core values across the district.

LCBMS Equity Mural

Student artists created a mural in the hallway of Lakeland Copper Beech Middle School representing all elementary schools coming together as one.

VCES Map 
School Counselor Nicole Farda crafted a beautiful "Acceptance" bulletin board in honor of the myriad cultures celebrated at Van Cortlandtville Elementary School. 

VCES Inclusive Schools Pep Rally
Van Cortlandtville Elementary celebrated ALL students and staff at the Inclusive Schools Pep Rally. High school students entertained the younger ones, while a dynamic MC (who works there as a Custodian) asked the audience all about what it means to include others.  

Freshmen Prep Programs
Panther Prep and Navigating Ninth are our two freshmen Prep Programs designed to help students acclimate well to high school. Taught by teachers and counselors, the focus is on building skills and acquiring necessary information to make good decisions, resolve conflicts, be prepared, create healthy habits, work as a team,  effectively communicate, and other essential skills for success. This also gives the students critical face-time with counselors and helps build friendships, helping to form supportive mental health relationships early on in high school.