Firemen visited New Garden Elementary School’s first grade students to teach them about fire safety during Fire Safety Week. The students were able to see the inside of a fire truck and ambulance, and learn about some of the important tools that the first responders who ride these vehicles use. The Avondale Fire Company has been coming to the school for several years. During the fire company’s visit, the students learned fire safety rules like stay low in a fire and find a family meeting place outside their home. The firefighters demonstrated various pieces of equipment, including a fire suit and oxygen tanks. Students were able to climb inside of the fire truck and the ambulance. The Avondale firefighters also gave a presentation and the students had the opportunity to ask questions.
New Garden Elementary School’s After School Sports meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays with Mrs. Shannon Sweeton. The group plays sports and games that work on team building, sportsmanship, and fitness. Some of the games they may play are kickball, dodge ball, and basketball. It is a great way to participate in physical exercise, while learning how to get along with others and meet new friends.
New Garden Elementary School’s fifth grade students recently visited the Myrick Conservation Center. Their visit was divided into two parts. For the first half, students were engaged in a variety of problem-solving experiences. These activities were designed to break down barriers, foster teamwork, and identify potential leadership among students. During the second half of their visit, the students took a sensory journey around a pond. During their journey, the students completed a pond study and learned how the inhabitants of the pond live and thrive in their community.
Recently, local author and artist, Ms. Christine Burke, visited Ms. Erika Smith’s third grade classroom! Students had been studying and observing the life cycle of the Monarch Butterfly, which is exactly what inspired Ms. Burke’s book, A Dream Inside. This visit came at the perfect time for Miss Smith’s class, who had just finished reading a story about a character who meets an author at school. Miss Smith attended a book reading over the summer and met Ms. Burke. It was here, that Ms. Burke autographed a copy of her book for Miss Smith’s class. While Miss Smith was showing her students this autographed book to demonstrate their robust vocabulary word, an idea was sparked, and a visit was planned!
The kindness of students and the adults who support them was obvious at New Garden Elementary School during a recent Cap Day fundraiser. Students and staff were allowed to wear a hat during the school day if they made brought to the American Red Cross to support the victims of Hurricane Harvey. At the end of the day, the school raised $912. New Garden Bulldogs definitely know how to show kindness for others, be they near, or far away.
Mrs. Kimberly Hall’s and Mr. Troy Harris’s classes have once again teamed up to be buddy classes for the 2017/2018 school year. This partnership benefits each grade. For the first grade students, they get an extra hand with their work and get to know other students in the building. For the fifth grade students, they get to practice being role models for their young, impressionable buddies.
The first activity of the school year involved the first graders making “All About Me” books. The fifth graders helped their buddies with their writing, sounding out words, and cutting. When they were finished with their books, the first grade students read a book with their buddies. All of the students had a great time.
Nina Gralewski-Goel, a former New Garden Elementary School student, embarked on a Girl Scout project recently. She came up with the idea of creating a lending library, called the Book Nook, for students who would like to borrow or donate books. The Book Nook is located outside the main entrance of the school. If students need a book, all they have to do is select a book and return it when they are done. The great thing about the Book Nook is that this lending library is available all the time, whether school is in session or not. What a great project by a great student who’s giving back to the New Garden Elementary School community!
New Garden Elementary School students, under the supervision of Miss Sarah Squires and Mr. Troy Harris, participated in a STEM activity as part of the Kennett Consolidated School District’s Elementary Summer Academy. The activity called “Propeller Buggy,” asked each student to create a buggy out of balsa wood, axles, straws, and rubber bands. It was a week-long project that involved a lot of trial and error, as well as many trips to the “repair shop” to fix broken parts. Once the buggies were complete, Dr. Lydia Hallman assisted by testing the students’ work. On the last day of the Summer Academy, other classes watched the students demonstrate the propelling of the buggies. The students became invested in their creations, decorating them nicely, and future Summer Academy students were mesmerized and excited to see an activity that they may partake in the future.