The Lion's Roar

McAvinnue's Community Newsletter: Week Of January 23rd

McAvinnue's Principal's Message


Hello McAvinnue Community!


I hope that everyone is doing well and staying as warm and cozy as possible. What an interesting end to the short week back to school! The 2-hour delay on Friday was somewhat unexpected for all of us. We are glad that we were able to get the school day in and do not need to add a day to the end of the school year in June! Please keep in mind that if we have another 2-hour delayed opening due to inclement weather, it is important that you make every effort to have your child come to school if possible. We understand that your work and family commitments may be more difficult when there is a delay in our usual start time. While many students did attend school on Friday, we have 164 students that were absent. That is 37% of our students...and that is a large number for sure. I understand that this was the pattern at all schools in Lowell and will be something that Dr. Boyd and his team will consider moving forward.


Speaking of the colder and more winter like weather, please make sure that your child is dressed to match the predicted weather forecast each day. It is the season for heavy winter coats, hats, and gloves. We still try to have our students get some fresh air each day unless the weather is severe or limits that availability of our outdoor spaces.


Our students will be participating in numerous assessments over the next few weeks of school. It is important that you communicate the need to try their very best as this will allow us to see how we need to adjust our instruction. These mid year assessments are critical measures to see how well our students are doing including areas that we need to spend more time on if they are not displaying expected progress. If you have any questions about these assessments, please reach out to your child's teacher for more information.


Here are a few items that you need to be aware for this up and coming week. Please mark your calendars for the following events and activities that will occur at McAvinnue:


  • Tuesday, January 23rd - McAvinnue Reopens
  • Tuesday, January 24th - Grade 4 Field Trip - Tsongas Industrial History Center
  • Tuesday, January 24th - PreK & Kindergarten Resource Fair - Lincoln Elementary School
  • Wednesday, January 25th - 26th - Dentist @ McAvinnue
  • Thursday, January 26th - PreK & Kindergarten Resource Fair - Reilly Elementary School
  • Friday, January 27th - Grade 3 Field Trip - Boston Museum Of Science

You will find additional details for the events and activities list above in this edition of McAvinnue's "Lion's Roar" Community Newsletter.


As usual, we are looking forward to another amazing week at the "best school that we all know"!


If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact the Main Office at McAvinnue or send Mr. Domina a message a mdomina@lowell.k12.ma.us.

McAvinnue's Evening At Chuck E. Cheese!


We had an AMAZING time at McAvinnue’s “Evening At Chuck E. Cheese” on Monday, January 16th!


Thank you to everyone that came out for some fun! The place was packed…and it was so great to see our students having a blast with each other! Lots of excitement, enthusiasm, energy, and laughter!


Please keep in mind that all of the money that is raised for this event will do directly back to our students for various activities!


Check out the picture below to see all of the fun that we had!

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McAvinnue's Week In Review

ST Math Good News: 100% Progress & Beyond!

Week Of January 16th

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ST Math Weekly Update: Week Of January 23rd!

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Check out our ST Math updated weekly celebrations below!


Here is the updated total puzzle count at McAvinnue to date. We have included the overall percent progress for each grade level...and we continue to have some amazing overall growth! We continue to be on pace to hit the 100% progress mark as a school and over 1 million puzzles completed by the end of the school year! Keep working hard!


This week, let's recognize some of our ST Mathematicians in Grades 1 and 2 for puzzle completion. Next week, we'll recognize students in Grades 3 and 4! Can't wait to see how well they are doing!


The Massachusetts version of ST Math's Winter Waddle will began on Tuesday, January 3rd. This challenge will be to post the classroom progress using the tracker that was previous developed and created. The National verison ST Math's Winter Waddle will begin on Tuesday, January 17th and will focus on the school reaching an average student puzzle total of 50 or more for the week. Finally, there will be a McAvinnue specific version of ST Math's Winter Waddle that began on Monday, January 9th. This challenge will focus on increasing the overall percent progress from the baseline total from the 9th.


So many challenges to keep track of! The only thing our students need to do is log on, complete puzzles, and move along on the grade level journey. This will increase their overall percent progress!


Stay tuned for weekly updates!

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McAvinnue's February Break Program


Looking for something for your child to do over February Vacation? Look no further...we have something that you might be interested in!


Here are the details for our February Vacation Program:


  • When: Tuesday, February 21st - Friday, February 24th
  • Time: 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Location: McAvinnue Elementary School
  • Students: Grades 1 - 4
  • Enrollment: 35 students


The program will include Creative Arts, STEM hands-on activities, and Team-Building/Movement activities! We will provide a snack and lunch for each of the 4 days of this amazing program.


The program is only open to 35 students. If we have more than 35 students that are interested and have registered, we will have a lottery to determine the 35 students that will be able to attend. All students that are not able to attend based upon the lottery results will be placed on the waiting list.


You can register using clicking the link below. You can also access the registration form by using the QR code in the flyer below.


If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Wagner at mwagner@lowell.k12.ma.us.

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McAvinnue's Student Daily Attendance Policy


Please click the links below to access McAvinnue's Student Attendance Policy for the 2022-2023 academic school year. For your convenience, we have included the policy flyer in multiple languages.


If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out directly.

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Upcoming Events


Here are important dates to remember for the month of January and February:


  • Tuesday, January 23rd - McAvinnue Reopens
  • Tuesday, January 24th - Grade 4 Field Trip - Tsongas Industrial History Center
  • Tuesday, January 24th - PreK & Kindergarten Resource Fair - Lincoln Elementary School
  • Wednesday, January 25th - 26th - Dentist @ McAvinnue
  • Thursday, January 26th - PreK & Kindergarten Resource Fair - Reilly Elementary School
  • Friday, January 27th - Grade 3 Field Trip - Boston Museum Of Science
  • Monday, January 30th - Friday, February 3rd - iReady Reading Diagnostic Window (Kindergarten- Grade 4)
  • Monday, February 6th - Friday, February 10th - iReady Math Diagnostic Window (Grades 1 - 4)
  • Friday, February 17th - Grade 2 Winter Play @ 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
  • Monday, February 20th - Friday, February 24th - Winter Break - No School
  • Monday, February 27th - McAvinnue Reopens

Check Out McAvinnue's "Virtual" Morning Announcements!


Like we had successfully done last school year, a new edition of McAvinnue's "Virtual" Morning Announcements will be presented to our students on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday each week. We will continue to use Tuesday and Thursday each week to be used for "Open Circle"....our Social Emotional Learning (SEL) program that focuses on community building, prosocial decision making, and appropriate responses to daily stressors both within the school and home settings.


This will continue to be a great way to bring our school together each day focusing on the same message to get the energy, commitment, and engage up before we launch into another great day at "the best school we all know".


You can check out each edition of McAvinnue's Morning Announcements on our YouTube channel using the link below.


https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7hxiBuRjqjqfASl_RLMleQ


If you want a peek of the latest edition of McAvinnue's "Virtual Morning Announcements", check out the video below!

McAvinnue's Morning Announcements 1.20.2023

McAvinnue's Yoga Pose Of The Week: "Tree" Continued...


Due to the short week that just concluded, we will continue to practice the "Tree" pose for this up and coming week. This pose will allow us to work on improving our balance through deliberate concentration that will increase our ability to focus throughout our day! We will practice the "Tree" pose daily during our "Virtual" Morning Announcements during this up and coming week on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.


You can get an early head start and practice this technique before we launch into another exciting week!

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Drop-Off & Pick-Up Logistics


Drop-Off Logistics

  • Arrival begins at 9:10 AM each day. The late bell rings at 9:25 AM.
  • Please pull up to the 4th Avenue side of the building when dropping off your child.
  • As you approach the 4th Avenue sidewalk, a faculty member will greet and support getting your child safely out of the vehicle.
  • This area is a drop off area ONLY. You will not be permitted to park in this location.
  • Please be sure to drive all the way down to the end of the sidewalk so we can fit as many vehicles in this location as possible.
  • Ensure your child is ready to go and do not get out of the car so we can keep traffic moving.
  • Students accessing our CSA program will be dismissed out the 4th Avenue door near the rear of the school building by the exit driveway.
  • Large bus students will enter using the back door located in the rear of the school building.
  • Small bus and van transportation students will use the 4th Avenue door near the rear of the school building by the exit driveway.


Morning Lining Up Locations

  • Grade 1, 3, and 4 students will use the Main Door to enter the school building.
  • Grade 2 will use the 4th Avenue doorway near the front of the school to enter the building.
  • PreK & Kindergarten will use the Early Childhood door to enter the building. This door is located to the right of McAvinnue's Reading Garden and to the left of the Main Door.


Pick-Up Logistics

  • Grade 1 will be dismissed out the Main Door.
  • Grades 2, 3, and 4 will be dismissed out the 4th Avenue door near the front of the school.
  • Kindergarten students will be dismissed out the Early Childhood door. This door is located to the right of McAvinnue's Reading Garden and to the left of the Main Door.
  • Students accessing our CSA program will be dismissed out the 4th Avenue door near the rear of the school building by the exit driveway.
  • PreK students will be dismissed out the 4th Avenue door near the rear of the school building by the exit driveway. Please contact Ms. Annie for the specific dismissal time.

School Bus Transportation Information


School bus transportation is provided to students in grades K-4, who live greater than .75 mile from their residence or alternate address to their assigned school. Middle school students (grades 5-8) must live greater than 1.5 miles from their residence or alternate address to their assigned school.


Kindergarten through 4th grade students will receive a printed bus pass via postal mail. These passes were mailed out on August 24th. You can also look up your student's bus pass information by using their Student ID for the username and date of birth for the password at the link below. This is the same information that students use to log in to their Chromebooks for school.


Please note that Kindergarten and 1st grader students must have an older sibling (4th grade or older) or parent present at the bus stop in the afternoon in order to depart from the school bus. If a parent or older sibling is not present, the student will be brought to the Moody School, located at 158 Rogers Street. A driver’s license or valid identification must be presented to the staff in order to dismiss the student.


You can use the LPSD "Bus Lookup Tool" using the link below. You will need to use you child's LASID or lunch number along with their birthdate to access this helpful system.


There also is a helpful video that you can watch that will walk you through the process.

Click Here For The LPSD "Bus Lookup Tool"

You will need to have your child's LASID or lunch number to access the most up to date bus information for your child. Please keep in mind that this number is also used to log into your child's borrowed device.

Bus Pass Lookup Tutorial

Need Info? FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS & ANSWERS


How can I update my contact information (phone number/email/address)?


  • Go online to the Family Resource Webpage (https://www.lowell.k12.ma.us/UpdateContactInfo) and fill out the “contact us” form. Families who don’t have access to the internet can fill out the form in person at the Family Resource Center. If an address change is related to economic factors or housing instability (family moves in with relatives, eviction, hotel/motel, fire or unsheltered, please contact the McKinney Vento Office located at the Family Resource Center in person (151 Merrimack Street), by phone (978-674-4321) or go to the webpage at https://www.lowell.k12.ma.us/HomelessAssistance.


How do I update my emergency contacts?


  • If you were in the school last year we will send a verification sheet out. if you are new we will send home an emergency form to fill out on the first day of school or use the online form found in this newsletter.


What should I do if my child needs a Chromebook or if my child’s Chromebook needs repairs?


  • Families should contact their school to coordinate the issuing of a new Chromebook or to schedule repairs. After the school year begins, the district will resume its “tech tent” services and will inform families via email, text, and phone once the services resume.


How do I register my child for the new school year?


  • All school registrations are completed online using a computer or laptop. You can access the online application by going to https://www.lowell.k12.ma.us/SchoolRegistration. If you only have a mobile device and don’t have access to a computer or laptop, you can register in person at the Family Resource Center (151 Merrimack Street). Please call the Family Resource Center if you have any questions (978-674-4321).


What should I do if I need to register my child(ren) and I don’t speak English?


  • The Lowell Public Schools is committed to providing translation and interpretation services for families who require assistance in a language other than English. The online registration application and website is translated in Spanish and Portuguese and can be accessed by going to https://www.lowell.k12.ma.us/SchoolRegistration. For all other languages, please call Vannak Khin at (978) 328-6782 to arrange services. In-person language interpretation support for registration can be accessed by visiting the Lowell Public Schools at 151 Merrimack Street. Families can also call the Family Resource Center at (978) 674-4321 to make an appointment with a Bilingual Family Liaison.


How old does my child need to be to enroll in preschool or kindergarten?



How do I apply for a transfer for my child to change schools in the new year?


  • Per the 2021-22 School Assignment Policy, all students have the option to request one school transfer per year. Families can apply online by going to https://www.lowell.k12.ma.us/SchoolTransfer or can come to the Family Resource Center in-person to complete the application. Transfers are assigned on a space availability basis.

Medical Information Reminder


Any students who have emergency medications (Epi-Pens, inhalers, etc.) or who will receive medication in school must have a medication order from the prescribing physician AND a completed consent form from the City Health Department.


Forms and medication can be dropped off to Nurse Robin any time during the school day. However, it's ideal to drop things off between 9:10 AM - 9:30 AM each day.


Nurse Robin cannot administer ANY medications without a physician's order, including over-the-counter medications. Please make sure that the school nurse is provided refills in advance of any medication supply running out.


If you have any questions, please reach out to Nurse Robin directly,

Lowell Public Schools COVID Guidelines Update

Please see the message that was recently sent out regarding the latest COVID-19 guidance for this school year.


"Dear Lowell Public Schools Families,


We are looking forward to welcoming you all back to school on August 31st (Sept 7th for PreK and Kindergarteners) for the start of the 2022-2023 school year!


We would like to take this time to share the latest COVID-19 guidelines and policies:

  • There will be no more in-school testing or contract tracing and schools will be distributing one last at-home testing kit, which will expire Sept. 29.
  • Masks are not required (except for in the school nurse’s office), but staff and students who wish to wear a mask may do so.
  • Students and staff who do have a positive case of COVID-19 must stay out of school for a minimum of five days, but may return if symptoms improve on days 6-10 if they wear a high-quality mask.


The Centers for Disease Control’s latest COVID-19 guidance can be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/isolation.html


We ask that you continue to stress good hygiene habits to your children, such as thorough hand washing and coughing into their elbows when they cough, and ask them not to share cups or water bottles with friends.


We strongly encourage all who are able to do so to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and subsequent boosters. We are thankful to our partners at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, who provided vaccinations at our Back-to-School Block Party, which was attended by more than 3,000 people. To find a location to receive a vaccine or booster, as well as additional information about the vaccine, visit: https://www.lowellma.gov/1523/COVID-19-Vaccine"

2022-2023 School Year Calendar

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January Breakfast & Lunch Menu

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Parent & Family Resources

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PreK Family Focus Group: February 7th

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LPS PreK & Kindergarten Resource Showcase


Check out the information below for the LPS PreK & Kindergarten information showcases January 24th and 26th.


If you or someone you know is the parent/guardian of a child ready for PreK or Kindergarten in September 2023, please attend one of the Lowell Public School District information showcases to gather everything you need to know about how to register for school. LPSD looks forward to seeing you and making new friends!


Register at: www.lowell.k12.ma.us/showcase

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ATTENTION: Current Kindergarten Families


The Early Childhood Department would like your assistance in collecting data from currently enrolled Kindergarten children and families with children under the age of five.


If you have a child attending Kindergarten this school year, 2022-23, please fill out the following survey. Your response to this three-minute survey will provide Lowell Public Schools with data to inform early childhood programming in future years. If you complete the survey by January 15, 2023, you will be eligible to win a $50.00 Market Basket Card.


English: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2MT98CB


Spanish: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2WKRQ2Y


Portuguese: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2RLNJQY


Khmer: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2JLJD6L


Please also share the links below with preschool and kindergarten families as it is likely that they will have other children under the age of five.

ATTENTION: Current Pre-Kindergarten Families


If you have children under the age of five, please fill out the following survey. Your response to this three-minute survey will provide Lowell Public Schools with data to inform early childhood programming in future years. If you complete the survey by January 15, 2023, you will be eligible to win a $50.00 Market Basket Card.


English: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GH2NB2N


Spanish: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/H93X7SW


Portuguese: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RGGFXXF


Khmer: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WRV6TRP

SNAP Benefits For Families

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Mental Health Support Available

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Emergency Contact Form: 2022-2023


Get a jump start now and complete your emergency contact form for the 2022-2023 academic school year?


We have made it really easy for you to complete this important task. You can access the online form below. When you complete this form, it is immediately sent to McAvinnue and we will print it out for our records.


You don't need to come to the school to complete this form...you can do it right on your phone, tablet, or computer!


If you have any questions, please reach out to Mrs. De La Luz at adelaluz@lowell.k12.ma.us or contact the Main Office at McAvinnue for support!

McAvinnue Spirit Gear By Prep Sportswear

We have an online store if you wish to order any McAvinnue gear! It is open 24 hours per day and there is no due date for orders. Anytime you want to order...on any day!


The company is Prep Sportswear and has been reliable with solid product quality from reputable brands.


There is a 30% off deal occuring now on all items! This is a major discount if you are interested in purchasing McAvinnue merchandise.


We are also exploring additional local options to purchase McAvinnue gear. Stay tuned for more information in the month of September.


To access our current online store for McAvinnue spirit gear, please click the link below.

Mill City Grows Winter Markets


Don’t let winter stop you from eating fresh local fruits and vegetables! Fresh, locally grown produce is now available for purchase through April 2023 at Mill City Grows’ (MCG) Indoor Winter Mobile Markets at UMass Lowell University Crossing and MCG’s ROOT Kitchen.


Shoppers can enjoy a variety of seasonal vegetables grown on farm sites in the City of Lowell as well as fresh produce sourced from area farmers and growers. Mill City Grows Mobile Markets accept SNAP/EBT, cash, credit, debit, and Mill City Grows E-Gift Cards (a great stocking stuffer: https://squareup.com/gift/A6CVNHCK5PKAE/order) for payment. All markets also accept HIP (Healthy Incentives Program), a SNAP benefit that provides $1 back for every dollar spent on fruits and vegetables purchased directly from a HIP authorized farm or vendor. SNAP customers are encouraged to ask about HIP discounts while shopping.


The full Indoor Winter Mobile Market schedule can be viewed and downloaded at https://www.millcitygrows.org/mobile-markets/, including multilingual schedules in Khmer, Spanish, Vietnamese, Portuguese, Chinese, Haitian Creole, and Pashto. Please follow Mill City Grows on Facebook and Instagram for all scheduling updates or call 978-455-2620. The full schedule is listed below:


2022-2023 MILL CITY GROWS INDOOR WINTER MOBILE MARKET SCHEDULE

University Crossing Atrium at UMass Lowell

220 Pawtucket Street, Lowell

Monthly on Wednesdays from 2 PM – 4 PM


  • February 15, 2023
  • March 15, 2023
  • April 19, 2023



* Parking is available at the Pawtucket Metered Lot across from University Crossing at 219 Pawtucket Street.


Mill City Grows ROOT Kitchen

19 Hall Street, Lowell

Bi-weekly on Thursdays from 2 PM – 5 PM


  • February 2 & 16, 2023
  • March 2 & 16, 2023
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Community Connections & Opportunities

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Winter Playgroups


The Lowell Public School's Early Childhood Department offers a series of Winter playgroups for kids under the age of 5 and their families.


Register here: https://docs.google.com/.../1FAIpQLScox9aCS.../viewform

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Career Training Available


FREE 15-Week Adult Career Programs in January


Register now for FREE adult career programs that begin in January at Minuteman Technical Institute in Lexington (only 20 minutes from Lowell):


  • Carpentry
  • CNC Machine Operator
  • Facilities Management
  • Plumbing (Tier 1)
  • Welding


These programs are FREE for anyone who earns less than $63,900 gross annually in Middlesex County due to support from the Mass. Workforce Skills Cabinet. MTI is an excellent opportunity for anyone over 18 interested in pursuing a career trade, including recent high school graduates.


Details can be found at minutemanti.org or call 781-861-7151.

Community Resources & Daycare Options for Families


Looking for before or after school daycare options for your child? Here is a short list of options and information for your consideration.


Here is a list of daycare options in Lowell:


  • Community Team Work (CTI) (978) 454-5100

    • Families who are already enrolled in a CTI program...

    • Families who are not enrolled in a CTI program

      • If you’ve filled out a CTI application in the past...

        • Contact Karen (978) 729-7216, kshannon@commteam.org to see if where you are on the waitlist (if there is a waitlist)

      • If you’ve never filled out a CTI application...

        • Fill out an application at 17 Kirk St., 126 Phoenix Ave

        • Or call the main CTI number (978) 454-5100 to request an email version of the application.


  • YMCA: (978) 454-7825; 1 YMCA Dr in Lowell

    • Karen Espinola is the school-age director

      • Fill out a application online or at the YMCA to request a slot

    • Debbie Doben is the preschool director if your child is preschool age


  • Family Childcare: Call programs to see if they have openings near you

    • Bethel Family Childcare (978) 458-6577

    • Clarendon Family Childcare (978) 454-3026

    • Child Development and Learning (CDE) (978) 275-2843

    • ACRE Family Childcare (978) 937-5899

    • CTI: See above contact information


  • Girls Inc: (978) 458-6529, 220; Worthen St. in Lowell

    • Accept girls ages 5-14 years old

    • Accept Child Care Circuit vouchers, DCF vouchers, and private pay (income-based, sliding scale)

    • Call Pam Lerocque (Director of Finance & Administration) to check on openings


  • Boys and GIrls Club: (978) 458-4526; 657 Middlesex St in Lowell

    • School-age openings for after-school

    • Teens who are working with the Department of Children and Families can call BGC or DCF to see if they’re eligible

Local Food Support

Do you need support with food options for your family. No need to worry...there are many local groups that can offer support for you during your time of need.


Click the link below for a list of local food pantries that are willing to help.


You can also reach out to Mrs. De La Luz, McAvinnue's Social Worker, for support navigating these and other options.

McAvinnue's Family Read-A-Loud

"The Little Snowplow"

❄️ The Little Snowplow- Kids Books Read Aloud - Winter Bedtime Stories- Persistence

McAvinnue's School Website

Check out our school website where you can find a wealth of information including school news, calendars, and other events.


Please visit our website at: https://www.lowell.k12.ma.us/mcavinnue

Follow McAvinnue On Social Media

You can follow McAvinnue on social media at the following sites! We update things daily and this is a great way to stay in touch with all of the amazing things that are happening inside and out of "the best school we all know"!


Our Vision

McAvinnue Elementary School is a place...where there are high expectations, where students are academically engaged, where instruction is guided by a systematic approach to examine data, where there is a multi-tiered system of support, and where a responsive environment that fosters social emotional connections between faculty and students prevails.


#McAvinnuePride #BeTheDifference #NextLevel

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