Category Archives: 2017

After being ‘chief,’ turning to the role of ‘coach’ and ‘guide’

When Tim Polky put his name in for the job of St. George’s town manager last autumn, he admits it was with a certain amount of reluctance. “I had an idea of what the job is about—I’d been working with John [Falla, who retired as town manager at the end of January after nearly 30 years in the position] for about 25 years. I just didn’t want a desk job.”

But after Falla moved up his retirement date from June 30, 2017 to February 1, Polky says that putting himself forward as a candidate for the position seemed the right thing to do. As Richard Bates, the chair of the town’s select board, explains, with Falla retiring five months earlier than expected, the timeline for the search process the board had set up with the help of the Maine Municipal Association suddenly became “impractical” if the board didn’t want to rush into making a choice. Although hiring an interim town manager was an option, choosing to enter into a three-year contract with Polky, Bates says, “offered a pretty close to optimum solution.” As town manager, Polky would be able not only to provide administrative continuity as needed changes are made at the town office, but also to bring familiarity with the work of the town’s various boards and committees and the issues they are currently facing.

“I think that my primary goal is to make the transition—to go from what we had to what we’ll have down the road,” Polky says in terms of his administrative role at the town office. “Whether I’m here two or three years from now, we still need to have that plan in place and it will be different from what John did. A lot of things may be different. I look at myself as a coach for that transition.”

Already the position of assistant town manager that Polky held under Falla has been eliminated and the position of finance director—now held by Elizabeth Curtis—has been added. Creating Curtis’ position, which involves many of the responsibilities Falla had, has allowed Polky to retain most of the same roles he had as assistant town manager—that of town planner, road commissioner, transfer station supervisor, emergency management administrator—while assuming his new responsibilities as town manager. These include working closely with the select board and shepherding special projects such as the development of the Cold Storage Road property and addressing new concerns such as affordable housing issues.

“The biggest thing I left behind was the job of fire chief,” Polky notes. It’s a position he had held since 1980. “I had to leave that behind because the fire chief reports to the town manager.” Polky is quick to add that he is confident the department will continue to function well under the new chief, Mike Smith. “We have a capable, well-trained fire department. I’ve stayed on as a firefighter and I’ll be there if they need me. The planning part of it—how will we make improvements—has always been a group process. We’re also fortunate because we’ve got a lot of young people, so for the near future we’re in fairly decent shape—we can always use more, but right now it’s good.”

Polky says that, in addition to playing coach in matters of reorganization at the town office, as town manager he also sees himself as “a guide” in helping the town’s committees and boards reach the town’s goals. “I’ve been in the town a long time, I listen to people and have an idea of what they want. Of course all taxpayers have an idea of where they want the town to be. What we need to do as a town is to talk to each other and make what we want known and not make assumptions. So if you have a question, ask.”

Polky has lived in St. George all his life and his ties to the community go even deeper. “Some of my family was here in the early to mid 1700s. The land where my house is has been in the family since before the Revolutionary War. And my father’s family came here from Finland about 1900 to work in the quarries in Long Cove.”

Polky admits that it is those deep ties to the community, in part, that affects how he looks at his new job. “I don’t remember ever not doing something for the community. My family always did. I just grew up that way. I think that has a lot to do with why I’m doing this. If I wasn’t so tied to the community I probably wouldn’t have told the select board I was interested in this job. But I think this transition is going to work fine. We have an excellent staff here—they know what has to be done. It’s a team and the transition will be a collaborative process.”—JW

PHOTO: Julie Wortman

Roadside clean-up May 6

It’s that time again!  This year’s St. George Roadside Clean-up will be held on Saturday, May 6th.

The event will start at 8:00am at the Town Office. Volunteers can pick up heavy-duty bags for trash, plastic buckets for recycling, and sign up for a segment of road to be cleaned.  As a send-off to the volunteers, a pancake breakfast is offered, beginning at 7:30am, sponsored by the St.  George Days Committee as a fundraiser for the activities offered during the July celebration.

As an added incentive, volunteers can sign up, on a first come first served basis, to receive one of 25 free tickets generously donated by the Monhegan Boat Line  for a trip to Monhegan, to be held in June.

The St. George Solid Waste & Recycling Committee encourages all volunteers to clean-up a section of road, whether it is by their own home or another road in town. Each street will be broken up into manageable segments, covering both sides of the road. Volunteers are also encouraged to separate all material that appears to be recyclable and place it in the buckets.  The trash and recyclables can be taken directly to the Transfer Station or left by the side of the road.  Members of the committee will be available to help with the drop off at the Transfer Station and also will pick up any waste and recycling left on the side of the road.

If you can’t participate on the 6th, please clean up in front of your own home or business on another day. We welcome all efforts to keep our roads litter-free. Together, let’s keep St. George beautiful!­—Wendy Carr

Why art matters

By Katharine A. Cartwright

It’s no secret that the St. George Peninsula is populated by a large number of artists. And, it’s no secret that these artists are as diverse in their forms of expression as they are in number. As one of those artists, I feel the energy in this community to keep the arts alive. This is important because art matters; it is essential to who we are. Beginning with the earliest cave dwellers, humans continually have engaged in aesthetic expression in many forms. Why we need to do this is a question for neuroscientists and psychiatrists. But the results of our self-expression have far reaching effects.

Cultures are built upon the imaginations of artists and the evolutions of historical cultures are revealed through the arts. Art not only provides a window into the past and present, but may provide a path to our future. I find it remarkable that museums around the world are still packed with visitors of all ages who stand, sometimes tearfully and sometimes confused, before paintings, sculptures, photographs and videos to experience an emotional and intellectual moment. And they keep coming back time after time. Our cities and towns budget for public art to be created and displayed. We acquire art for our homes and businesses. Art is not “art for art’s sake.” It has purpose and meaning. This is why art matters, and why I value the St. George community who actively creates and supports it.

This is the first of a regular column in The Dragon that will shine a spotlight on the visual artists in our community and also provide a little insight and intellectual nourishment about the arts. If you are a St. George artist or gallery engaged in the fine arts and would like to be the centerpiece for my column, please contact me at katharine_cartwright@yahoo.com.  Special consideration is given to those who have exhibits or events scheduled near our publication deadlines so that we may encourage others to attend. All forms of visual art will be considered.

Ed. note: St. George resident Katharine Cartwright is a visual artist and signature member of the National Watercolor Society. The Dragon asked her to prepare a regular “arts” column as a means of giving a higher profile to St. George’s lively art scene. We couldn’t think of a better candidate for the job. For Kathy, fine art has been a passion dating from childhood, through high-school studies, study at three universities and pursuit of a professional career. In her 30s she developed an additional interest in the Geosciences that eventually led her to undergraduate and graduate degrees and a faculty position at Skidmore College. But her devotion to her art never wavered. Now retired from Skidmore, Kathy continues to be devoted to her work as a watercolorist, but has also found new passion for promoting the work of other artists. This has led her to team up with the National Watercolor Society in California to sponsor the national Vanguard Award for innovative work in the field, but also to focus very specifically on cultivating the arts locally here in St. George and the midcoast area. In 2012 she proposed that the Jackson Memorial Library begin mounting regular art exhibitions featuring the work of local artists. She curated the first 16 shows, an experience that led her to become better acquainted with St. George’s art community. “The art scene in St. George is very lively,” she says. “We have a diverse group of artists who are independent thinkers, which is one thing I like—a lot of different styles, techniques and ideas. I feel very strongly that every voice that can be heard should be heard.” In her debut column, Kathy writes that “art matters.” Through her column we look forward to discovering its purpose and meaning here in St. George.

PHOTO: Julie Wortman

Letters

Dear Editor:
Over the weekend of March 17, teams from St. George, Rockland, Thomaston, Camden and Cushing participated in the 22nd annual Mussel Ridge Hoops Tournament. This year’s event was a huge success as usual and would not have been possible without the collective efforts of many, many individuals and businesses. I would like to thank the following for their selfless contributions that allowed over 80   3rd and 4th graders to experience first-rate competition and hospitality, while raising over $4,000 for the St. George Recreation Boosters, who support recreational offerings for the young people of St. George.

Thank you:   St. George Town Office staff, particularly Patty St. Clair and Beth Smith; St. George School staff, particularly Jan Letourneau, Randy Elwell, Cheryl Worthing, Darci Morris-Chickering and Janet Harjula; St. George Recreation Committee and Boosters—Raymie Upham, Meghan Benner, Craig Gauthier, Joanna Montgomery, Gary Minery, Missy Gill, Ann Hoppe, Summer Ward and Cassie Kilbride;  community members  Cindy Hall, Davin Putansu, Dan Miller, Tracy Leavitt, Peter Henderson, Tim Hoppe, Michael Cushman;  and innumerable people who donated food or their time to help.  Thanks to business sponsors:  The Black Harpoon, Beckett’s Auto Service, Wa2Much Trucking, LKC Lobster, Greg Holmes Snowplowing, Superior Bait and Salt, Maine Coast Petroleum, Brooks Trap Mill, The Miller Family,  St. George Realty, Port Clyde Co-Op, Maritime Farms Deli, J.K. Kalloch, G.C. Minery Plumbing and Heating, F/V White Lightning, Mainely Boats, Jeff’s Auto Body and Restoration,  Hammer Down Construction, Falla and Sons Surveying, Justin Long Inc, First National Bank, Hoppe’s Tree Service, Puffins’ Nest, Ponderosa Motor Services, St. George Community Sailing, St. George Property Maintenance, J.D. Miller Construction, Monhegan Boat Lines, Port Clyde Kayak, Harbor Builders, TJ’s Lite Excavation, DJ Dan Miller, Ponderosa Playland Child Care, Lorraine Construction, Ocean Pursuits, The Sugar Tree, Linda Bean Lobster,  Perle Photography, and Maine Printing.   Finally, a thank you to the players, coaches and fans for their efforts. What a great team effort by all involved.

Ben Vail
St. George Parks and Recreation Director

Town of St. George shred event

This year, the Solid Waste and Recycling Committee is sponsoring a shredding event for all town residents.  It is being held on Saturday, April 29, 2017, 10:00am to 2:00pm, St. George School, lower parking lot.  This event is being held in conjunction with the St. George Business Alliance’s Welcome Aboard Business Expo and Job Fair which will be occurring in the school at the same time. Please attend and support both events.

A truck from Shred on Site, Records Management Center, will be on site in the parking lot.  A representative from the company will take your material and shred it while you watch.  In addition, you  will receive a certificate of destruction.  Fast and confidential, this process ensures peace of mind.

Gather your old bills, bank statements and other documents that you wish to dispose of in a secure manner and bring them to the school on Saturday, April 29th from 10:00am-2:00pm. A carful of material is just $5.00 and a full pick-up is $10.00 for this service. ­—Wendy Carr

Where in St. George…?

Do you know where this is? Email your answer to betsy@stgeorgedragon.com. The first correct answer wins a free business card-sized ad in The Dragon.

Nancy Briggs identified the fence at Marshall Point Lighthouse in the March 16 issue.

PHOTO: Julie Wortman

Stella and Betsy

by Justyce Long

Recently Betsy Fairfield, a bus driver at the St. George School, got a new Great Pyrenees puppy. Betsy is my grandmother, and I asked her a few questions. The first question was why she wanted Stella to be a therapy dog. She told me that at first she didn’t know she wanted her to be one; then she saw how she behaved and how much she liked people (and vice versa), and she realized she would be just right for one. Then I asked her what she wanted to come from Stella being a therapy dog. She replied, “I want her to make people feel happy and safe. I want people to feel like they are protected around her.”

Betsy had a previous dog named Jebbie who recently died, so I asked her when and how did she decide she wanted a new puppy? “Well,” Betsy sighed, “It was over a year since he died and in my eyes, he was the best.  In my mind I was fine without a dog until my partner Preston sent me a picture of these Great Pyrenees puppies. My other dog had Great Pyrenees in him, and I figured it would be perfect. I went to see them.” And the rest is history. Stella can be seen on the bus each day with her mom, the bus driver, and she makes the rounds at school in the morning before classes start to say hi to all the kids.

The first graders have all written and illustrated fictional stories about Stella and plan to have Betsy come in to their classroom to hear the kids read their stories. They have started a fund-raiser called The Stella Drive. Here is some information about that:

Stella Drive!
Stella is a 4-month-old Great Pyrenees who is training to become a therapy dog. She currently rides a St. George MSU bus and loves getting to spend time with our students. Stella is “sponsoring” a supply drive to benefit the Pope Memorial Humane Society, in Thomaston. Please consider donating canned dog/cat food, hard rubber dog toys or kongs, cat toys, peanut butter, large trash bags and paper towels. A collection box is in the hallway near the main school entrance. Thank you for your support!

We all love Stella already and wish Betsy the best of luck and success in the training.
(Long is a 7th grade student at the St. George School.)

PHOTO: Betsy Fairfield

Cultivating perseverance and a ‘growth’ mindset

Sitting down with Christine Miller to talk about what it means to be an Expeditionary Learning (EL) school, it doesn’t take long to realize that the St. George School is not a typical K-8 educational institution. For one thing, Miller, who is the school’s Instructional Coordinator, has a job that involves responsibilities that many school principals would recognize—among them facilitating instruction and focusing on curriculum and performance—but the St. George School doesn’t have a principal.

“We went to a shared leadership model [when we withdrew from Regional School Unit 13],” Miller explains, “so we don’t have a principal anymore. To have the teachers working in teams—K-2nd grade, 3rd-5th grade, 6th-8th grade, unified arts and special services—and being trusted with the freedom to collaborate with each other to figure out how to do what’s best for their age group is definitely not common.”

Miller adds that, unlike with the usual principal’s role, the unique piece of her role is that she has the opportunity to work with students more directly and with teachers more directly. “I don’t have to worry about things like the budget—that’s the superintendent’s job.”

That the school’s superintendent—and not its principal—is responsible for its budget is also unusual, Miller points out. “It is not really common for a school to be its own Municipal School Unit, so it is very rare to have a superintendent full time in the building. In addition to carrying out his administrative responsibilities, Mr. Felton is in classrooms and working with kids and is very involved in everything.”

Choosing to become an EL school also sets the St. George School apart from other schools. “There are only a few EL schools in Maine and only one other elementary school,” Miller notes. The St. George School is now in its second year of the five-year process involved in getting certification as an EL school.

If the “expeditionary” in Expeditionary Learning sounds like this type of education involves pith helmets and adventure, that is not far off the mark. EL, in fact, is a nationwide organization that started with Outward Bound, the outdoor education organization which aims to foster personal growth and social skills in young people through challenging experiences.

Herring Gut teacher Ann Boover assists 2nd graders with their investigations into lobsters.

“EL works well for us because we are trying to be innovative and to think about learning outside of the classroom,” Miller notes. She cites last year’s 2nd grade class and its “expedition” on lobsters and lobstering. “They looked at lobstering in our community, at how our community depends on lobstering, on what we can do to keep lobstering here. They went to Herring Gut to study the lobsters, they monitored a web cam placed in a trap, they talked to lobstermen, they produced a video about lobsters and lobstering, they created placemats about lobstering and sold them to local restaurants.”

Unit teaching, Miller admits, is nothing new, but she says EL is more focused and concentrates on specific standards appropriate to the topic. In the case of the 2nd grade lobster expedition, that meant teaching the students how to convey information about lobsters and lobstering through writing, how to read informational material, and how to use math and science skills when collecting scientific data at Herring Gut. The students even read a book about lobstering in French during French class. Most important, Miller emphasizes, the EL experience makes learning “authentic” because it is rooted in meaningful, real-life enquiry and has a goal of coming up with a valuable final product that can be shared with the community. “The kids get an understanding of why they need to know how to write, of why they need to know science.”

Given the Outward Bound genesis of EL, it is also not surprising that a key feature of the EL approach to education is that students are expected to take strong ownership of their learning.

“In just about everything our students are self-assessing their learning,” Miller explains. “So rather than parent/teacher conferences, we have student-led conferences. The students know what is expected of them, what the learning targets are and the steps to take to become proficient in meeting those targets. They know that they all won’t necessarily be able to ride a bike the first time they get on a bike, that it takes multiple opportunities to try riding, that it takes practice. So for the student it is more about what can I do as a learner—I may not know how to do this but I can try in different ways and if that doesn’t work there are multiple opportunities to try again. We’re focused on teaching perseverance and a ‘growth’ mindset across the school.”

In this regard, the thing that most obviously reflects the St. George School’s perseverance and growth mindset is that no student becomes pigeonholed as, for example, an “A” student or a “C” student. Instead the students are evaluated in terms of “meeting standards,” “exceeding standards,” “partially meeting standards” and the like. Everyone, Miller says, is expected to meet the standards, but it’s not that they have just one shot, just one test in which to do so. “We have multiple measures of what success looks like. And no matter where our kids are we have good data to support that they are growing. Meeting kids where they are is what we do.”

For the school’s teachers, meeting students where they are, along with working collaboratively in teams and focusing on interdisciplinary “expeditions,” presents a significant challenge.

“The teachers all had to buy into this goal of becoming an EL school,” Miller stresses. “We all had to say we know it’s a lot of work—it’s a new way of looking at the way we’ve always done things. It’s incorporating all the content areas together for different lengths of time rather than just saying math is from 9am to 10am, writing is from 10am to 11am. It’s collaborating with other teachers, whereas in the past teachers were used to just being in their classroom with their class. This is more interdisciplinary, which takes more time to plan, to find the time to get with other teachers to discuss learning objectives and goals.”

Miller says there is also a lot of extra professional development involved. “Each teacher chooses two professional goals each year. An example might be learning how to incorporate technology into their literacy instruction. My job is to help them find professional development opportunities or to find resources for them or to support them by coming into their classroom and doing an observation to give them feedback. The teachers have to be willing to constantly change and improve. What we ask the kids to do we have to do ourselves.”

In some ways, Miller adds, teaching today is different than it used to be. “Maybe we are more aware of needing to meet the needs of the whole child. I think that is something we’re really doing well here. Our school is small and tight enough to feel that we really know the students well. We are very in tune with the whole child in front of us.”

Miller, who grew up in St. George (a Jacobson, her great grandfather came here from Sweden to work in the quarries), also believes it is not possible to talk about how the St. George School’s innovative approach to education is benefitting students without acknowledging the support the larger community provides. “There’s something about this community that we really care about one another. The school has an open campus in a way—we get extra support from the town’s Recreation Department, the Jackson Memorial Library, Blueberry Cove Camp, Herring Gut Learning Center, math camp and sailing camp in the summer. And the kids just eat it up!”—JW

PHOTOS: Top, Julie Wortman, bottom, courtesty Herring Gut Learning Center

Inside the Makerspace: a place for learning Yankee ingenuity

by Tucker Adams, Liam O’Neal, and Gavin Young    by Tucker Adams, Liam O’Neal, and Gavin Young   

Mr. Paul Meinersmann

A Makerspace is a place where people with shared interests, specifically in computing and technology, can go to share or work on projects with others. In the St. George School library, there is such a place. Maintained by Mr. Paul Meinersmann, the school’s technology director, it’s an exciting new space. Classes work in the space when they are ready to create projects that match what they’ve learned in class. Recently for example, 5th graders etched designs inspired by Native American art into pieces of slate with the laser cutter. Middle-level kids can go there during lunch recess on Wednesdays and Thursdays to work on and share projects.

Our small group of three reporters went to the Makerspace to ask Mr. Meinersmann some questions about just what he does up there. When asked about what tools he has in the Makerspace, he replied,  “Here in the Makerspace we have two large tools. Last year we were given the 3D printer by the Perloff Family Foundation, and we’ve used it for a variety of projects. This year, with some money that was donated, and then some matching funds that we’ve raised, we purchased a laser cutter. Now, the laser cutter is a pretty amazing tool, because we can cut paper, fabric, wood, acrylics, engrave glass or stone, or on wood, on fabric, and so there are a variety of things with that.”

We then asked him what projects were happening in the space now. “Well, we just wrapped up a laser-cutting project with the 2nd grade where each of those students who are studying a different animal this year drew an animal, and we went through a few iterations of them. So they did a first draft, and we cut it out on the laser cutter and gave them some feedback, and they did a second draft. So ultimately each kid has their drawing, and then cardboard cutout, and then the final wood cut-out. I think they’re going to paint them up and make shoebox dioramas using those animals they’ve been studying.”

The next question for Paul was about what tools were his favorites. “Well, the laser cutter’s pretty amazing, with the number of things we can do in terms of taking flat objects like those kids did with the drawings, and also look at how we can do three-dimensional drawings. But then there’s also more advanced things we can do. For example, the marsh alewive project is looking at how we can take the topography of the watershed of the marsh and break that down into different layers and cut each layer out in the laser cutter and assemble it as a three-dimensional map of the watershed.”

Mr. Meinersmann was then asked what he wants to see in the future for the space. “It’s not so much what’s in the space, but I’d like the students across the curriculum, across the school, utilizing the tools in the space that ultimately end up producing a final product. The challenge is getting it involved in more classes. I also want to have kids come to me and say, ‘Hey, I want to build something,’ and then work with me to come up with how to make that happen.”

Afterwards, we tested some of the things inside the space, like the BeeBots. The BeeBots are $75 tools for teaching young people programming. There are a number of buttons on top of the little machines, like forward, backward, left, right, and go. You basically program it to go on a path. After playing with those, we asked him to tell us anything he may have missed. “So, we talked earlier about the BeeBots, as a way to make this space accessible to the younger kids. We also have things like the Arduino, the Sparkfun Inventor Kit used to control sensors, or motors, or servos, to collect data and control a vehicle or a robotic arm. Then we’ve got little pieces we can loan out. For example, Mrs. England (St. George’s science teacher) currently has a thing called a pocket lab, to capture data that’s happening right at the moment, while it’s being created. Then you can download that data to measure a variety of things, like different types of force as you throw the object, acceleration, temperature, etc.  It’s an amazing tool that I think has been used with the 6th grade recently.”

Some of us 7th graders also go to the Makerspace on Wednesdays and Thursdays to use something called a Raspberry Pi. It is a $35 computer that can be used to learn programming and algorithms. It really is a good deal, because it comes installed with your normal computer things, plus a Raspberry Pi exclusive Minecraft Pi Edition.

Mr. Mike Felton, the school’s superintendent says about the Makerspace, “The Makerspace is both an innovative force and something that helps us return to our roots.  Students learn about new design software and how to transform ideas into reality using a 3D Printer and laser cutter.  However, at its heart, the Makerspace is about tinkering, inventing, and Yankee ingenuity—characteristics of every strong Maine community.”

Yes, the Makerspace is a wonderful place for all ages, and we would love to see it grow and expand across the many years to come.

Dontae’s buffalo etching

(Adams, O’Neal and Young are 7th grade students at the St. George School.)

PHOTO: Liam O’Neal

Rare Wyeth print donated to Lighthouse Museum

Bob and Jay Sierer (center) present the signed Wyeth print to Diana Bolton, Chairman, and Nat Lyon, Curator, of the Marshall Point Lighthouse Museum.

This past December Robert and Betsy Webber donated a rare, signed Andrew Wyeth print entitled “Marshall Point Light” to the Marshall Point Lighthouse Museum committee in honor of Bob and Jaye Sierer for their longtime service and dedication to the museum. The Sierers made the presentation on behalf of Robert and Betsy Webber.

Betsy’s mother, Elsie Lowell Green, originally purchased the print at Senter-Crane Department Store in Rockland, Maine in 1940. Elsie and Andrew Wyeth became friends while spending summers on Horse Point Road in Port Clyde. Their friendship lasted many years and in 2004 Andrew Wyeth signed the print for Elsie.

Andrew Wyeth painted the original watercolor in the 1930s, while still in his twenties. In 1940 Ketterlinus Printing Company of Philadelphia, which also printed works by his father, N. C. Wyeth, printed a calendar which contained the “Marshall Point Light” print. It is believed to be one of the first Wyeth watercolors to be released as a print. Not long after the production of the calendar Ketterlinus lost its building to fire, which destroyed most of the Wyeth calendars. Few remain and the print that was donated to Marshall Point Lighthouse Museum may be the only known signed print of “Marshall Point Light”.

The signed Andrew Wyeth print will be on display when the museum opens to the public in the spring of 2017.

PHOTO: Laura Betancourt

Winter pursuits

By Bryson Mattox

Addie McPhail tries out cross-country skiing.

On February 17th, all of the students and teachers of St. George School got to participate in Winter Pursuits Day. We had big snow storms earlier that week, so there was lots of snow and the temperature was comfortable. It was a perfect day to play outside.  Mr. Theriault, 3rd-grade teacher, thought of the idea, organized the activities, and rented the supplies from Maine Sport so that everyone in grades K-8 could try out a new sport.

Everyone had a choice of snowshoeing or cross-country skiing. For cross-country skiing, we went down to the soccer field and played around with the skis.  After maybe a half hour, we went on the nature trail for a little while, then we went in to heat up.  The parents’ group provided hot chocolate for us.

For snowshoeing we hiked and packed down snow on the nature trail.  It was packed full of fun and adventure and was a good workout, too. Kindergarten kids got to do winter ecology games with Ms. Palmer.  Everyone got to play in the snow and go sledding.  Overall, we had a ton of fun at Winter Pursuits Day.

(Mattox is a  5th grade student at the St. George School.)

PHOTO: Alison England