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The Start of Something Big

Educators are always looking for ways to engage students and meet all of the needs that address how students learn.  It only took a few cold winter days for Hanover Central Middle School Principal Tom Martin and Dean of Students, Chris Rossiano to begin to have conversations about the inclement weather and how important it was to find some way for students to step out of classroom mode and in to active mode.

The two administrators put their heads together and decided a giant game of ‘Jenga’ would be a good start.  “It’s a way to get them off of their devices, physically moving and interacting with each other,” explained Mr. Martin.  Mr. Martin found a pattern for the game on the internet and using rebate funds from Interstate photos, purchased the lumber for the game on a Sunday and personally built the game on Monday night.  By Tuesday, students were already enjoying the fruits of the administrator’s idea and Mr. Martin’s labor.     

Two men with giant jenga game

Hanover Central Middle School Principal Tom Martin and Dean of Students, Chris Rossiano have taken the first step in solving an 'action' item for their students with the addition of this Giant Jenga game.  

HCMS Jenga, now exists and stores conveniently in its own storage bin.  The game made its debut under the guidance of Mr. Rossiano, who invited several students into the commons to play the game.  He also admonished them regarding the full rules of the game, many of which were new to those playing and those watching.

two boys playing life size jenga

Dominick Pagoria and Franklin Reed were the first lucky students to play Giant Jenga!

boy pulling board from jenga game

The competition is fierce and the moves are strategically chosen!

boy with wooden block in his hand

Ultimately, Giant Jenga ends the same way as regular Jenga...just a bit louder!

The game will be permanently available in the commons and its success has generated yet more conversations.  What about ping pong?  What about a giant checkerboard?  Guidance Counselor, and sponsor of the Student Council, Robin Dillon has joined the conversation along with Assistant Principal, Denise Cordrey.

Just another way that one simple idea by a dedicated staff has become the start of something big for our students.