What a great experience, I, as a volunteer, had a few weeks ago at the Bellefonte Elementary School.
My day started off with a group of 60 second-graders, three awesome teachers and some other volunteers on a walking tour of Bellefonte.
Our first stop was the courthouse to meet Judge Katie Oliver, who taught the children about proceedings in a courtroom. We also had a tour of the jail by Sheriff Bryan Sampsel and a visit from a probation officer. The student sgot to go to the Logan Fire Station, the Bellefonte Police Station and the Bellefonte Public Library.
A special event of the day was a visit to a “wax museum,” a concept started by the fourth-grade teachers about three years ago. The students worked for many weeks researching to recreate a person in history. They created visuals, costumes and a memorized speech that was spoken after one “pushed the button” by each display. We thought we were at a real wax museum!
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All students got to enjoy activities in the community and state thanks to the hard work and dedication of their teachers. The building is more than 70 years old with outdated, mismatched furniture, no elevators in the three-story building and has no air conditioning. However, they go above and beyond working tirelessly for their students.
The teachers at Bellefonte Elementary School deserve a huge thank you.
Peggy Lynch, State College
and Columbia, S.C.