Bennington Banner Newspaper Archives Oct 23 1965, Page 5

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Bennington Banner (Newspaper) - October 23, 1965, Bennington, Vermont Text and photos by John Hamilton outside a the children will soon have their own play area near Cole Hall. Burgess Bros Are in charge of setting up the playground equipment. Afternoon class a mrs. George Daley helps solve a problem at the plastic dough table. Time to go a its 11 30a.m., and All is mayhem in front of the children a storage cabinets As they prepare to leave. Mrs. Daley and her afternoon class will be Here at 1 00. Something new in Shaftsbury Public kindergarten classes opened this month in Cole Hall for the first time since anyone in Shaftsbury can remember. The event was an important one for the Community and not just because the kindergarten classes were needed. The opening of Cole Hall symbolized the towns increasing interest in education and its increasing willingness and ability to provide for educational expansion. Opening Day was a less than solemn occasion perhaps for the 38 children who enrolled in the two morning and afternoon classes. But it was an important occasion for them As the pictures on this Page attest. Under the guidance of teachers Jean Crighton and Marie Daley the children began acquainting themselves with colors the alphabet picture books and facts every child should know. They began learning How to express themselves clearly and confidently and How to cooperate with others in work and in play. Next year first Grade teachers May find themselves delighted at the difference in their entering classes. And the difference May be Felt All the Way up the educational ladder in the years to come for school systems can ask for nothing better than children who can be understood and who want to be understood children who Are not uncomfortable in school surroundings who possess information and who in their enthusiasm for school reflect a positive feeling about educational experience. Morning class a mrs. James Crighton conducts a a sharing time a session with her 21 pupils encouraging them to talk about their experiences and to express themselves. The children have just rested after drinking milk provided by the Shaftsbury health association and Fairdale farms. Bennington Banner saturday october 23, 1965�?5 making eyes a Donald Wood entertains Charlotte Crawford and Carol Elwell with a a eyes he has fashioned from a can of plastic dough. Do you know Robin Wade Susan Mcdonald Lisa King Freddie Miller and Dennis Rickert prepare to match illustrations on the bulletin Board with the fairy tale scenes depicted. Catch a mrs. Crighton tosses a huge rubber Ball towards Thomas Bull during the morning kindergarten session. Building blocks the future construction firm of Miller Moriarty Griffins and Leonard conducts a planning session in a far Corner of the Cole Hall basement. Getting acquainted with books Theresa Savela right and her three studious companions thumb through picture books at the Reading table

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