Friday, October 26, 2007

Mid-Morning Takes Us to East Elementary in INDEPENDENCE

On Wednesday morning following our breakfast at the Middle School, my visit with the Government class at the High School, UniServ Director Kevin McDermott and I were off to East Elementary in INDEPENDENCE. East Elementary is a K-2 building.

We arrived a bit early for our first classroom visit so had a chance to sit a spell in the staff lounge where we were greeted by Buster (here at the right).

I first read to Julie Flickinger's 2nd grade. Julie and her class are pictured at left.

Next, we were off to the Kindergarten class of Kathy Meyer. When I finished reading aloud, they read two short pieces as a group to me. Here Kathy and her Kindergartners are pictured at right together. They were just delightful!

We then had 15 minutes to join staff in the lounge to enjoy some munchies and conversation before our last classroom visit. It was recess time for many of their children and they gave us the few free moments they had to join us!
The last classroom we visited at East Elementary was that of Music teacher Pat Thomas. Pat is pictured (at left) working with a group of Kindergarten students. I don't know how Pat keeps up her enthusiasm, but she does and the children's voices and activities were most enjoyable!
Thanks, Independence EA for all you do for Iowa's students!

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