SEA GIRT — The Sea Girt Elementary School students attended an interactive assembly on Thursday, Oct. 5 at Sea Girt Elementary School where they learned how to improve their own personal confidence.
In celebration of Respect Week at schools across the state, fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth grade students filled the auditorium joining keynote speaker, Joe Fingerhut, from St. Louis, Missouri, for an interactive presentation.
“Week of Respect New Jersey has Week of Respect for the schools,” said Rick Papera, superintendent and principal of Sea Girt School District. “Usually each year we do theme days… today is wear your favorite t-shirt to show ‘YOU-nity,’ yesterday was ‘Accept each other’s differences’ and it was a mix-match day; this year we have an assembly in there.”
Mr. Fingerhut’s presentation discussed promoting healthy mindsets and how to approach challenges with confidence and grace, not only inside school walls, but in all facets of the student’s life and futures.
“We talk about growth mindset, a shift from ‘I can’t’ to ‘How can I?’ and we make it fun for the little kids, very interactive…” said Mr. Fingerhut. “I always wanted to be in front of people, I was just wired like that, and I’ve always wanted to explore.”
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