WINDHAM — A school-wide assembly at Golden Brook kicked-off Wednesday with a playful celebration and a lesson in kindness. 

Second grade teachers Katie Bamberg and Jenna Kosik introduced their students to the "Choose to be Nice Program" last week — a social enterprise dedicated to encouraging and inspiring kindness through simple, daily acts — before bringing it to the entire elementary school.

Students were then rewarded for reaching a summer reading goal by watching their new principal, Chris Hunt, as well as assistant principals B.J. Martin and Trisha Bouley, dress up in pirate garb and complete a timed obstacle course.

Over the summer, the first and second-graders collectively read 4,000 books.

Windham firefighter Dave Baker stopped by the meeting as well, to speak about fire safety and to show students that they shouldn't be afraid of a firefighter in full gear.

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