On Thursday, May 11, Mrs. Burns, Miss Fay and the 3rd and 4th graders ventured out on a walking field trip focused on literacy. Fishers Island resident students and Connecticut resident students convened at the New London Ferry Terminal in the morning to begin their journey.
The excursion involved quite a bit of walking, but all were enthusiastic with their positive attitudes and open minds on this lovely spring day with blue skies.
Students were welcomed by library staff as all entered the New London Public Library, and then directed to the Children's area. Michelle Staino was to be guide and resource. She gave an extensive tour of the library to expose students to all the references and resources available, as well as, a quick peek on the second floor where books are received to be barcoded and repaired. The time in the library culminated with students applying what was learned on this day, along with library lessons back at school on Fishers Island, by participating in a scavenger hunt to find a wide variety of book genres.
Next stop, the Regional Multicultural Magnet School where Miss Kathy Auperin and her class of 16 kindergartners met up with the grade 3 and 4 crew. Lunches (courtesy of Subway) and snacks were shared, introductions given, and a walk to Williams park ensued. This gave all students an opportunity to get to know one another, and chance for Miss Kathy, Miss Fay, and Mrs. Burns to map out specifics.
After returning to school, students from Fishers Island were paired up with students from R.M.M.S. to read. This afforded opportunities for all students to practice their reading skills and strategies with one another, and also to interact with others. It also gave the teachers a chance to listen in on the progress all students continue to make. Miss Kathy was kind enough to then give a tour of the school, and then all said goodbye to one another.
But wait, there was more. Mrs. Burns had one more item planned on the agenda. On the return walk towards the ferry terminal, the final stop was at the Thames River Greenery. Students were greeted by Charlotte who was in the midst of creating floral arrangements for Mother's Day. She took time to speak about her business and then demonstrate a few floral arranging techniques. All students were then released to put together an arrangement for their moms which were theirs to deliver.
A big thank you goes out to all who made this trip possible; and a huge congratulations to the 3rd and 4th graders who were respectful, kind and open to these new experiences.