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Briarcliff Middle School Custodian Turns Trash into Treasure

For 27 years, Namphong Nguyen, the Briarcliff Middle School custodian, has been passing by the art room, admiring students’ works in Jessica Dubin and John Brooks’ art classes.

This has inspired him to make his own creations and he began making sculptures out of driftwood, recycled metal and oyster shells.

He has gifted his sculptures to some of the school staff and was recently invited to hold a shell sculpture workshop during May’s Wellness Day at the school.

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Fifth Graders Present Capstone Projects to Todd Fourth Graders and to Families

When Shems, a Todd fifth grader in Cindy Yaeger and Taylor Mitchell’s class, lived in New York City, he remembers seeing homeless people and thinking how life can be unfair.

“I asked myself ‘how come we get to be full while others have to starve?’” he recalled. “I live in Westchester, but I still see homeless people in places like White Plains, and it makes me feel really guilty.”

This was the reason he opted to do his fifth grade Capstone project about homelessness in New York City.

The Capstone project is the culminating project in fifth grade and involves students working in teams of four or five and conducting extensive research about a particular subject, such as homelessness, like Shems’ project.

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