Last Thursday and Friday, about 20 Greely Middle School 8th graders from Steve Hill’s social studies classes participated in Round Two of scanning, photographing, and cataloging items for the Cumberland/North Yarmouth team’s MCHP website exhibits.
Round One took place in January during a two-week immersion into the project. Back then, all 60 of Steve’s students were involved and it was a wholly team-designed-and-directed experience. This time around, it was the students themselves that initiated the follow-up session. This sub-group of 20 expressed a strong interest in working on the project again and, according to Steve, “they were practically skipping into the classroom” on Thursday and Friday.
“Boy, were they motivated and more self-confident!” says team member Pam Ames of Skyline Farms. The result of that motivation? A whole lot of new items digitized for the website. Happy, engaged, productive students. Thrilled team members. Intergenerational collaboration. Service learning. Ongoing appreciation for local history. And… a slew of great photos!