Pre-kindergarten students were bursting with energy as they bounced from one station to the next in a pretend community. They worked and visited the gym, a movie theater, concession stand, bowling alley, and more. The fun-filled activity was Lower School Community Day, a St. Martin’s tradition for nearly 30 years. Last year campus closed just prior to Community Day, but this year, with a little ingenuity, pre-k students were able to have the tradition with just a few adjustments.
“Community Day benefits our students in so many ways,” said pre-k teacher Alma Roohi ’83. “Students learned firsthand the value of hard work and what it means to have a good work ethic. They learned respect for all jobs, paid and unpaid.”
For several weeks pre-k students have learned about various community roles and responsibilities, as well as specific aspects of their community. On Community Day itself, half of the class worked the stations, while the other half shopped as customers. The activities help students use the money to practice their math skills. Children learned how to do mental math and grouping as they counted their profits for the day.
Students also worked in religion class using small toiletry items to make care baskets for residents at a local residential nursing facility. The baskets include lots of sanitizers, soaps, and disposable face masks.
“I’m proud to see our students learn how to work together as a team and how to serve others,” said Roohi. “Most importantly, they learned about the school’s commitment to service by giving back to the greater community.”
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