Coretta Scott King once said, "The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.” To help ensure that the students in the Public Schools of the Tarrytowns learn about the community in which they live, each year they visit different organizations and community groups. This year, with changes necessitated by COVID, they continued that tradition by offering a virtual trip through the community.
Technology Specialist Jean O’Brien live-streamed visits to different venues in Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow and the students discovered the role each plays in their neighborhood. The students spent time at the fire and police departments, YMCA, Village Hall, Warner Library and other venues.
"This is a very important trip for our students, and we did not want them to miss out on the opportunity due to the pandemic,” said O’Brien. “All of the businesses and organizations enjoyed participating and sharing their experiences and look forward to a time when they can meet in person."
Main Street Sweets even gave the students ice cream to enjoy back at their classrooms. Students also practiced Yoga and dance.
They grasped the importance of the lesson without leaving their classrooms. “A community is a group of people who help us,” said first grader Rushi Pandya.
Ansen Goldsmith explained why it is good to be a part of a community. “We can talk to people, be safe and be friends with other people.”