The historic Inauguration of President Barack Hussein Obama will be imbedded in the memories of adults and children alike for many decades to come, and especially in the impressionable minds of the Holy Martyrs Elementary Students.
On Tuesday, January 20, as children arrived at school after a long weekend, all 3rd, 4th and 5th grade classes were led to the cafeteria for a surprise.
Upon entry, they were greeted by a giant screen and the inaugural activities being broadcast live from Washington D.C.
Each student received a pencil, clip board and a recording log. While watching each portion of the ceremony, students jotted down notes on their impressions, details of what they were witnessing for the first time in their young lives and questions they had about the inauguration process.
“I was so thrilled to see my students sharing the same excitement I was feeling, and to see them so engaged and engrossed in this historical moment,” said 5th grade Language Arts/Social Studies teacher Anika Asmerian.
“They say a picture is worth a thousand words;this is one picture they will never forget,” she continued.
Although the primary grade students did not join their upper grade schoolmates, each class celebrated the 44th Presidential Inauguration with individual activities, discussions and small screen viewing in their respective classrooms.
A week after the inauguration, the three Kindergarten classes kicked off their exploration of “People in our Neighborhood” by hosting Career Week.
During the week of January 26, the five-year olds were visited by parents and invited guests. Each individual used demonstrations, discussions, hands- on activities and show and tell objects to take the children on a journey into their daily lives.
The students got a glimpse into the fields of dentistry, medicine, law enforcement, jewelry designing, education (pre-school and elementary), firefighting, running a public library and running a household (a.k.a. motherhood).
“I was very impressed with the kind of probing questions our little ones were asking,” said Social Studies/Science/Math teacher Sanan Douzdjian, who organized the event.
“The best part was how proud each child was to have their parent visit the classroom and their classmates. They not only learned a great deal, but they had fun and will always have fond memories of this week,” Douzdjian concluded.