Farley Elementary School staff give back to the Hudson community

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Teachers and staff of Farley Elementary School show off their creations: (bottom row, l to r) Brian Quinn, Susan Falco, Jen Volpicelli, Tina Whalen, Kelsey McCormick, (second row) Laura Mullen, Kristin Charbonneau, Michelle Farley, Assistant Principal Rachel Scanlon, Jamie Leger, Melissa Cronin, Sue DiCenso, (third row) Meghan Gasek, Katie Rivela, Bridgit Masciarelli, Tricia Bowen, Beth McNulty, Liz Llyod, Sandra Sullivan, Maria Sequenzia, Sarah Mielke (back row) Tracey Calandra, Kristin Spadadfino, Bob Yates, Wendy Sanchez and Lisa Hastings. (Photo/submitted)
Teachers and staff of Farley Elementary School show off their creations: (bottom row, l to r) Brian Quinn, Susan Falco, Jen Volpicelli, Tina Whalen, Kelsey McCormick, (second row) Laura Mullen, Kristin Charbonneau, Michelle Farley, Assistant Principal Rachel Scanlon, Jamie Leger, Melissa Cronin, Sue DiCenso, (third row) Meghan Gasek, Katie Rivela, Bridgit Masciarelli, Tricia Bowen, Beth McNulty, Liz Llyod, Sandra Sullivan, Maria Sequenzia, Sarah Mielke (back row) Tracey Calandra, Kristin Spadadfino, Bob Yates, Wendy Sanchez and Lisa Hastings. (Photo/submitted)

Hudson – Farley Elementary School Principal Melissa Provost, Assistant Principal Rachel Scanlon and 29 staff members turned a recent team-building activity into a charitable event.

The group attended a staff professional development workshop Nov. 10 at Paint Misbehavin’ on Main Street in Hudson. The staff originally embarked on this outing to enjoy some time together outside of the classroom and participate in some creative activities. They chose an activity that many of them were unfamiliar with to give them the opportunity to be the students themselves for a change.

“The Farley teachers stepped out of their comfort zones as they were taught how to paint lovely fall scenes,” Scanlon, who organized the event, said. “Lots of laughs and stories were shared by all.”

Scanlon added that “some of the paintings will be hung up around school to demonstrate for our students that their teachers, too, push themselves to try new things and learn new skills.”

The teachers decided to turn the event into a chance to give back to the community; each staff member brought non-perishable items to donate to the Hudson Food Pantry.

“The Farley staff is an example of how the educators of the Hudson Public Schools are a community-centered team, committed to giving their best to the entire community,” Superintendent Jodi Fortuna said. “The Farley educators give 110 percent to provide the best education to the Farley students during the day. The fact that they then give back to the wider community at the end of the day, while bonding as a team, is simply another reason why as a school community we are ‘Hudson Proud.’”