Students in Mrs. Heather Shambarger’s Pre-K and Mrs. Judy Connors’ Kindergarten classes are learning about community helpers this week.
On Monday, the pre-K students made mail bags and then wrote letters. The students talked about a mail carrier’s job and are looking forward to SBA’s own mail carrier, Mr. Acres, visiting us later this week.
On Tuesday, the pre-K students continued to learn about community helpers and were thrilled to let their imaginations run wild with new items in their dramatic play area. Thank you to St. Mark’s in Londonderry for their generous donation!
Mrs. Connors’ Kindergarten class had a special visit from Kindergarten parent Sean Donnelly on Wednesday. Mr. Donnelly is a firefighter with the Boston Fire Department. He shared what a “day in the life” of a firefighter was like with the students and some important reminders about fire safety. The Kindergarten students learned how to get low and go; stop, drop and roll; and the importance of changing batteries in their smoke detectors, amongst other fire safety tips. Firefighter Donnelly even donned his fireman gear to show how a fireman looks in the event of a fire. The children also got to hear the oxygen in his mask – it sounded like Darth Vader! He topped off his special visit with goody bags, firefighter helmets, coloring books, and donated emergency vehicle toys for the children to play with!
Next door, Deacon Mark Payeur of Saint Jude Parish in Londonderry visited Ms. Heather’s pre-K class to talk about how deacons are helpers in our Church communities. Deacon Marc is prayer partners with our pre-school class this year.
Mr. Raymond stopped into pre-K on Wednesday afternoon to share about different types of construction and how those specialists come together as a team to complete a project such as a home, building, or the widening of a road.
On Thursday, students in pre-K, Kindergarten, and first grade had a special visit from the Manchester Fire Department. The Department was on campus several times in September for fire drills and our 9/11 Memorial Prayer Service. During the morning presentation, students were given a tour of the fire truck, learning about the different tools in the compartments throughout the truck and how they are used in an emergency and help the fire fighters to navigate a fire safely, rescue individuals, and put out a fire. The students learned tips about being prepared for an emergency situation such as a fire in their home or school – especially the importance of getting out of the building and getting help. At the end of the visit, the students had the opportunity to sit in the cab of the firetruck and don some of the equipment.
Nurse Susan Smith spent part of Friday morning with the pre-K class. Nurse Suzie works at Children’s Hospital in Boston. She told the students about what she does in the hospital. She brought a toy medical kit (and donated it to the classroom’s dramatic play area) and explained what each item in the kit is for and how it helps her to take care of her patients. She also brought a new book and donated that to our classroom after she shared it with the class. The book was “A Trip to the Hospital” by Mercer Mayer. The kids loved it!
The week ended with a visit from our neighborhood mail carrier – Mr. Kasey Acres. The students learned about how the mail is delivered even in the heat, snow, and pouring rain. They got a chance to check out the mail truck and see that the steering wheel was on the right-hand side of the vehicle. The students learned that mail is delivered across town, the country, and the world – allowing for the exchange of ideas and information.
A special thanks to Mrs. Heather Shambarger and Mrs. Judy Connors for arranging speakers for their classes, and to our community friends near and far for spending some time with us on campus this week. The students have a better appreciation for the different jobs in our community and how everyone has something that they contribute.