Pre-Kindergarten students at Brown Primary were excited to take a tour of the Smithville community February 9th as part of the Community Helpers and Transportation unit of learning at school. They went to three downtown locations, First National Bank, the U.S. Post Office, and Smithville Public Library.
“During the transportation part of our weekly unit, we discuss different modes of transportation or how to we can get from one place to another by car, bus, train, boat or airplane,” said Pre-K Teacher and Team Leader Ryan Fowler. “For the community helpers portion, we discuss the different “helpers” or jobs we have in our community such as firefighter, police officer, postal worker, doctor, dentist, librarian, banker and farmer, that help facilitate the overall well-being of our community.”
Students visited First National Bank and were taken on a tour by FNB Bank President Brad Hurta.
They also visited the U.S. Post Office, where they mailed Valentine’s cards to their parents and received a tour, learning how the post office operates and delivers the mail.
At the Smithville Public Library, students were given a tour by Executive Director Judy Bergeron and received their first library card to check out books.
Students were also able to ask questions from the community helpers about their jobs and roles in our town.
As a bonus, instead of riding a school bus, the students and their teachers were treated to a ride on the Ann Powell Express, the city-owned wheeled train, which drove them from the school to downtown.
“The majority of our students ride the bus to and from school, but taking the train as our mode of transportation is something new and exciting for most of them,” said Mrs. Fowler.
The morning classes also ate a picnic lunch at the Railroad Park before heading back to Brown Primary.