The Hamden Hall Community gives thanks and offers a special salute to all who have served and continue to serve our country. While school was not in session for Veterans Day, the week prior had been filled with discussions, art projects, and activities around campus.
Grade 3 students in teachers Alexis Harris 2001 and Katherine Temple’s class participated in the second annual The Poppy Project in art class with teacher Sue Bennett 1973, where they made red watercolor cut-out poppy flower collages. The students also wrote personal thank-you notes to veterans expressing their appreciation. Attached to the notes were bags of toy soldiers. All the notes and multimedia collages were delivered to the Whitney Center in Hamden.
Other Lower School activities included PreSchool and PreKindergarten students listening to the story, What is Veterans Day?, after learning about the holiday in class with teacher Kathleen Swenning. Student also worked with teacher Molly Meka on a collaborative poppy project. Kindergarten students created tissue paper heart collages and first-grade students welcomed guest Steven Caron, the cousin of teacher Beth Messina 1996, for an in-class visit where he spoke about his military service as a member of the Marine Corps.
Discussions were also had in certain Middle and Upper School classes including seventh-grade students who talked about World War I Armistice and how it evolved into Veterans Day.
Hamden Hall Country Day School is a nurturing and inclusive community with a dynamic learning environment that promotes academic excellence by understanding each child and fostering their individual growth.