Glenside Elementary Hosts Community Helpers Fair For Celebration of Learning
(June 6, 2022) In honor of Glenside Elementary’s Celebration of Learning, kindergartners enjoyed the inaugural Community Helpers Fair. Throughout May, the students learned about the different types of communities and community helpers. During this unit, the kindergarteners learned the characteristics of rural, suburban and urban communities and important community helpers including police officers, firefighters, teachers, doctors, postal workers and construction workers. The classes created crafts and writing pieces to display their learning.
As a culminating activity, teachers Kirby Brown, Caitlin McCalister, Ken Rackow and Mitchell Green collaborated with the Cheltenham Community to plan a Community Fair, where more than 30 community helpers came to the Glenside bus loop to share their role with the kindergarteners. The helpers brought essential supplies, tools, trucks, vehicles and giveaways.
“This event is so great for students and families because so often we see these helpers in the community and don’t know how much of their work impacts us every day,” said Principal Michelle Robinson, who noted students and their families were overjoyed to have this experiential learning opportunity. “Now with the fair, students understand how many people it takes to make a community, and can celebrate all the community helpers they met today.”
A special thank you to the Cheltenham School District Facilities Department for sharing what they do for the schools and helping set up the event. Thank you, as well, to the other community helpers who attended the event: Cheltenham Township departments including Public Works, Planning and Zoning , Accounting, and Emergency Management, Cheltenham Police, Glenside Fire Company, Glenside Library, Montgomery County Emergency Services - 9-1-1 dispatcher, The Next Chapter Bookstore owned by retired CSD teacher, Helen Ward, Glenside Elementary School Nurses, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Montgomery County Mobile Crisis, Arcadia University, United States Postal Service, Humphrey’s Pest Control, Primex Garden Center, and Glenside Pizza.