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Blackheath Pre-K Classes Resume at Lindell School

During playtime students use dinosaurs as counting tools in the Blackheath Pre-K program, which is temporarily housed at Lindell School.
During playtime students use dinosaurs as counting tools in the Blackheath Pre-K program, which is temporarily housed at Lindell School.
Story and Photos by Rosemary Leonetti/Syntax.

Staff, students and parents of the Long Beach School District’s Blackheath Pre-K are proving that it hard to keep a program down.

After Hurricane Sandy rendered the buildings of the Pre-K School on Blackheath Road beyond repair, the program was relocated temporarily to Lindell School beginning Nov. 28. Both morning and afternoon classes are meeting during the morning session in the Lindell Cafeteria.

Teachers have been models of resilience and resourcefulness, providing a safe, nurturing and orderly learning environment, according to the Long Beach School District. Students proved to be equally resilient, getting quickly back into their routine of story circles, learning their letters, coloring, playing with building blocks, sharing and socializing.

“We are thrilled to be able to promote some new ‘S’ words for our students and families: ‘supportive, sensational, sincere and sympathetic,’” said Principal Cristine Zawatson. “The children bring ‘sunny smiles’ to our new classrooms, which spells ‘success’!”

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