The Adairville Kindergarten classes have spent the past several weeks focused on learning while on the move. In an effort to expose students to the many aspects of daily life outside of the school, Adairville Kindergarten teachers Jennifer Baker and Molly Steenbergen took their classes on several field trips that focused on the Adairville and Logan Co. communities. This effort was part of the school’s effort to engage students in outside-the-box learning as well as to involve the community that is so closely intertwined with the school.
The first trip beyond the classroom walls saw students take time to walk to the Adairville branch of the Lewisburg Banking Company and the Adairville Fire Department. At the bank, Mrs. Becky Tinch led the bank tour in which they were able to get a behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of a bank as well as see many aspects of the bank that are often closed to everyday patrons. Following this tour, students partook in a coloring contest that centered on what they had learned. From there, the classes walked to the nearby Fire station where Mr. Jon Keith Smith taught the students about fire safety. Mr. Smith also showed students what to do in the event of a home fire as well why to trust fireman as someone who could and would always help them should the need arise. Beyond this, students learned about the many services that the fire department serves beyond fighting fires. After the lessons, the students were treated to the opportunity to explore the fire truck.
For a second venture out of the school building and neighborhood study, students walked to the Adairville branch of the Logan County Public Library. There, Mrs. Carol Ann Faulkner led a tour of the facility and read two holiday books to the students. Students learned about the many services the library provides beyond just books. There were able to look around and see the many resources the local library has to offer. Later that same week, students visited the Post Office where they were again taken on a behind the scenes tour where they were able to see the multiple levels of jobs and tasks that are involved in bringing the mail to the people of Southern Logan Co. After the tour, students were given coloring sheets that are now displayed on the walls of the Adairville Post Office.
The final week of Neighborhood Study focused on the students learning about helping take care of their neighborhood and community’s public grounds. Both Mrs. Baker and Mrs. Steenbergen’s classes took a walk on around the Adairville Park and joined forces in a cleanup effort that taught students the value of keeping our public places free from litter and debris build up. Students were also able to learn about how public parks are funded through community and state efforts and financial backing.
During the three weeks students participated in this program, they were exposed to more than just tours of other facilities. Students were also able to hear from several guest speakers from the area to share about the important jobs and culture that is found within the community. Mrs. Denise Robey brought a baby calf for the students to see and feed. She talked to them about the farming industry in Southern Logan Co. and the impact it has on students’ lives. Logan Co. Schools School Resource Officer Eric Evans spoke to the students about his job as a police officer and shared with them about his job as both a retired State Trooper and local Sheriff’s deputy. From him, students were able to learn firsthand about the many facets of modern day police work as well as able to ask questions about his position. Mrs. Lauren Wetton spoke to the students about the job of a nurse and the medical field. Students were taught to check their own heart rates and blood pressures as well as being exposed to many of the day to day tools of the medical trade. Mr. Luke Wetton also attended to talk about his home in China and the culture that he is learning while working there. The final speaker students got to hear from was Mr. Israel Vargas who is the school’s ESL teacher who shared about his culture and birth place in Nicaragua.
All in all, the Kindergarten students of Adairville got a three week trek through the many professions that make up the community of Adairville as well as the many public resources available to them.