Puzzle perfect

Heritage students combine talents and reach out to others

It was all fun and games in Ms. Linda Goins’ Early Childhood Education Career Class recently at Heritage High School. And the fun and games represented a cooperative effort between Goins’ class, Gary Farmer’s carpentry class and Robyn Crum’s math class.

The Heritage students built wooden puzzles for the children who attend the preschool portion Heritage’s Early Childhood Education Career class. The project combined the skills of students in all three classes to make a present for the children when they graduate in mid-November.

Goins said the students got to incorporate math and geometry into the project while drawing the dimensions for the puzzles. The carpentry students then help by cutting the puzzles out and all the students helped paint the pieces. These presents will be presented to the 3-, 4-, and 5-year-old children by all three classes when the youngsters graduate on Nov. 25.

Students also got to test their language arts skills as they wrote special notes to the children, inviting them to graduation and telling them they would receive “a special gift.” The puzzles will be a surprise for the children, however.

Crum said the math students involved in the project often don’t see the practical applications of math. The students enjoyed getting to know the youngsters and are particularly excited about giving them a puzzle they helped make themselves, said Crum. “It really surprised me how it motivated them,” she said.

Student Michelle Johnson was excited about seeing the students when they get their puzzles. “I can’t wait to give it to them for graduating from pre-school,” she said.

This Early Childhood Education class has done a lot of special projects this year, said Goins. At the end of August, they launched a project to collect toiletries and other necessities to fill goody bags for less fortunate students. They got other classes in the school involved by working through teachers to get the word out about the project, offering points for each item brought in and giving the winning class a pizza party.

Eight classes in 2nd block participated, showering the organizers with shampoo, soap, hairbrushes, deodorant, toothpaste and many other items to put in the goody bags. When the project was complete, the class had collected so many items that they were able to fill 75 bags, with items leftover. The class was not only able to help students at Heritage, but donated bags to central office for the Family Resource Center.

The Early Childhood Edcation class accepts children for $5 a day at the high school on Tuesdays and Thursdays. For more information about the class, call 984-8110 extension 2131.

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