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Letters to the Editor: ANESU summer effort a real plus

On a Thursday evening this past August, I attended the showcase of learning presented by teachers of the Expanded Learning Program. This program happened this summer at all the elementary schools in our district — Addison Northeast. Students had the opportunity to learn a variety of subjects. I will mention a few: robotics, Chinese, growing healthy food, poetry, . . .
I was moved by this event. Even though it was a hot evening, Holley Hall accommodated us. Children, parents, teachers and adults from the community attended. The general tone was one of excitement and pleasure. I, a retired high school teacher of over 30 years, felt that I, as an adult, could now relax; that our world was being taken care of by excited and exciting teachers and students.
One student in her Block-Out Poetry class made this poem: “Everybody said, ‘Do anything.’ They can.” (“They can” was hand written by the creator.) The poem was signed by Maisy.
Maisy understands what is important. Being open to learning enriches all of our lives. Learning is an integral part of living. Sometimes, summer experiences affect what happens during the rest of the school year. My sense is that the Expanded Learning Program gives all students a positive slant on learning.
I thank our school district for allowing this program to unfold.
Patricia Heather-Lea
Bristol

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