Norwich Public Schools:
Sixth-graders looking for the good
Sarah J. Herrick For The Bulletin
Sixth-graders are "looking for the good" in their lives and sharing their gratitude with their classmates. A different question is asked during morning announcements daily such as "who are you grateful for at school?" Students discuss their feelings during enrichment class in restorative circles. Their answers are written on sticky notes and added to the gratitude bulletin boards in the hallways for all to read and enjoy. Trevor Hager, a recent "American Idol" semi-finalist visited the academy to entertain sixth-graders with inspirational songs and messages. Student Imanni Johnson said, "When Trevor came to put on a concert for the gratitude campaign, I thought it was fun and exciting. The best part of the show was when Trevor was singing songs. I also think the gratitude campaign is great for us to show how grateful we are of things, to look deep into things we use all the time and show appreciation for things. I think the kids are even more excited when they get a YOU MATTER card that makes them do more nice things for other people to get a YOU MATTER card. I think the best part of the gratitude campaign is when we go up to find our sticky notes on the display and then we find them we get so excited to see it, it puts a smile on our faces."
Preschool students in Mrs. Kurasz's class at the Case Street Early Learning Center recently had a fun hands-on experience on safety. Retired Sgt. Michael McKinney and the Norwich Police Department visited the school to teach the children about topics that would be appropriate for them. McKinney spoke briefly to the class, reminding them about safety principles in the community, at home and in school. The officer demonstrated how the trained police dog used his sense of smell to search dangerous activity or lost items and people. The class watched a drone fly over the school and land on the parking lot, demonstrating a camera as a search tool. Finally, the children were able to sit in the SUV and detective vehicles, pushing buttons to sound alarms and speak in the CB radio while listening to their voice. It was a fun experience but most of all a learning experience as well. Here are some of the students' responses about safety: "I want to tell them to wait for the light," Valencia says, when on the street. "Wear seat belt," Alesia shouts out. "In my mom's truck, I buckle." Connor says.
Mrs. Seagraves' preschool class at the Case Street Early Learning Center visited the Norwichtown Rehabilitation Center on Oct. 18 Students sang some of their favorite songs and shared special pictures with the residents. Their favorite song — an original tune BICA Bumble Bee — says "be kind, be safe, be helpful." These students are experiencing their motto first-hand. Smiles were abundant.
Sarah J. Herrick is the business office administrative assistant for Norwich Public Schools.