Welcome to Heads Up, a blogging experiment that aims to:
- connect the people, parts, and principles of Durham Academy;
- share ideas about learning and human development;
- spotlight a few of the many wondrous things I get to see every day at Durham Academy.
Thanks for reading the posts below — and sending news, links and ideas worth sharing.
Michael Ulku-Steiner, Head of School
Bridges across the pond
Today our Preschoolers heard stories read by older guests. This is no rarity, of course, for parent readers visit our PreK and Kindergarten classes every week.
Today’s guests were truly special, however - our neighbors from Emerald Pond Senior Living Community across Pickett Road.
Interim Preschool Director Sheri-lyn Carrow has spearheaded a collaboration that has so far included a Halloween trick-or-treating visit, paper quilt-making activity, and the guest reader series that began today. Emerald Pond residents will also enjoy a sneak preview performance of the Winter Songfest and be treated to several more DA Preschool art projects.
In a recent email, Sheri-lyn shared with her faculty colleagues another budding connection: “[During the Halloween visit] two of our boys who play chess noticed a chess set and asked the Community Manager about playing. They soon exchanged phone numbers with a few gentlemen residents and made plans to arrange a chess game (or two) between young and old!! What a great example of how this relationship may grow to include interactions we wouldn’t have imagined!”
After today’s reading visit, the Community Manager had tears in her eyes while thanking DA’s teachers for bringing such “life and excitement” into their community.
Kudos to our Preschool for building bridges across the decades and turning strangers into friends!
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