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Sayville STRIDES will celebrate resilience with community march on June 15

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Students, parents, teachers, staff and other members of the Sayville schools community will take a celebratory stroll through downtown Sayville on Tuesday to commemorate the district’s perseverance over the last year.

The Sayville S.T.R.I.D.E.S. Community Event starts up at 6 p.m. in the parking lot between the district office at 99 Greeley Ave. and the Sayville Public Library.

Led by Sayville High School band members, the crowd will walk south on Greeley, then pass through Main Street before circling back to the district office for food, fun activities and a brief ceremony that will highlight the district’s resiliency through the 2020-21 school year.

Along the the way, the students — and their families and educators — will be cheered on by the Sayville business community. And waiting for them back at Greeley Avenue Field will be treats from Sal’s Pizza, Sayville Pizza and Pa Pa Mia’s Ices.

The school district organized the event, together with the Greater Sayville Chamber of Commerce, the library, the Great South Bay Coalition and other local organizations. It is expected to conclude at 8 p.m.

Sayville chamber President Eileen Tyznar said the walk will move the community “forward toward better times.”

“This event proves to the community that Sayville students and families are resilient in adverse times,” “It is times like this that we all come together as one to show that we can rise above even the worst of times.”

The Sayville S.T.R.I.D.E.S. initiative focuses on what the district says are seven key character traits: self-esteem, trust, resilience, diversity, empathy and strength. Over the course of the past school year, one of these core values was focused on and celebrated each month.

Elementary school students who have S.T.R.I.D.E.S. shirts are encouraged to wear them. All other students can wear “spirit wear,” the district said. Sayville schools community members who are unable to meet at the starting point are invited to join the parade at any point, the district said.