by Trinity Delaney and Addison Beal
Second graders in Ms. Babb’s class at the St. George School are in the middle of a learning expedition about schools and community. Students are researching schools in communities around the world—from West Bath, Maine to Port-au-Prince, Haiti—and working hard to understand why schools are important.
The last week in October the St. George second graders traveled to West Bath to spend the day with the second graders at West Bath School. St. George students were each paired with a student from West Bath and spent the day shadowing their buddies. They conducted interviews with their West Bath buddies and learned about why school is important to them!
All the students agreed that schools are important. Iris says, “School is important because you get to learn at school.” Koby said, “You wouldn’t learn without school.”
The students noticed that the West Bath School is different. It’s smaller than ours and it’s only K-5, so there are no big kids. Everyone had lunch together. They have a library that was connected to the school but in a separate section of the building. Most of the second graders loved the playground and recess. They said the West Bath playground had bouncy equipment that was fun to play on. Liam liked attending their CREW meetings because he got to socialize. They all loved meeting their buddies.
On October 29, the West Bath buddies returned the visit and spent the day at the St. George School. Everyone had a great time and now the St. George second graders can think about their new friends learning in their school in their own town and they can think about our second graders learning here.
(Delaney and Beal are 6th grade students at the St. George School. Ms. Babb also contributed to this story.)
PHOTO: Alison Babb-Brott