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Ticonderoga students learn about ponds

Students receive books

Jaelyn Whitford holds her copy of “Croaky Pokey!” Ticonderoga Elementary School had a year-end kindergarten program on ponds.

Jaelyn Whitford holds her copy of “Croaky Pokey!” Ticonderoga Elementary School had a year-end kindergarten program on ponds.

— Thanks to the Stewart’s Holiday Match the Retired & Senior Volunteer Program of Essex County was able to participate in the Ticonderoga Elementary School’s year-end kindergarten program on ponds.

Kindergarten teachers along with RSVP volunteer Fred Hammann coordinated the event.

“Young (age) 5 and all of the kindergarten teachers were involved in planning project,” said kindergarten teacher Russ Cook . “We thank Stewart’s Holiday Match for providing the books to enhance this learning process.”

Ponds and their ecosystems were studied by the children, hats and T shirts were decorated to celebrate the event and parents were invited to a program in the school auditorium. Various pond themed songs were performed, culminating with Hammann reading the newly acquired book, “Croaky Pokey!” The children also danced to the tune of the hokey pokey. Each child was given their very own copy of the book to take home to read to their family and friends; this was followed by “pond snacks” in the cafeteria.

Barb Brassard stated, “Special thanks goes out to Stewart’s Holiday Match for providing the books, to Russ (Cook) and the elementary school staff for their enthusiasm for this project and to RSVP volunteer Fred Hammann for his time working to mentor our children and provide an inter-generational experience.”

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