Shaftsbury fourth graders present Vermont-themed museum displays


SHAFTSBURY >> On Wednesday night, the fourth grade class at Shaftsbury Elementary invited their families to attend, "Museum Night."

Students worked in pairs or trios to create exhibits for the museum, which was set up in the hallway near the school's library. However, there was a multimedia twist to the exhibits, in that each group created a video to go along with their project, which were all Vermont themed. Parents could then use their smartphones or tablets to scan the QR code, which pulled up the video. Principal Jeff Johnson said the students used green screen technology to make the videos, adding that while the technology was very new to the school, the students had taken to it very quickly.

Ella Saccio and Violet Small chose the Abenaki Native American tribe as the subject of their exhibit; Shay Callanan and Neely Turner chose Apple Farming in Vermont; Aislinn McManus, Noah Warner, and Eden White did the Battle of Bennington; Jackson Freeman and Ayden Sausville chose an exhibit on Dairy Farming in Vermont; Destiny Aguila and Shea Loomis did Dorothy Canfield Fisher, the author who lived in Arlington; Robert Greene and Liam Kilakowski chose Ethan Allen; Shane Haynes and Carter Wright did John Deere; Lauren Campbell and Sade Fitz chose Justin Morgan, Vermont's own horse breeder and composer; Miranda LaCroix did a solo project on Lake Shaftsbury; Kaydence Kraus and Zandri Schaefer presented on Maple Syrup Production in Vermont; Carson Merriam and Sam Tok chose artist Norman Rockwell; Rachel Bibens and Sadie Obenauer did Robert Frost, who lived in Shaftsbury for a time; Holden Morrison, Jahziah Snow-Anderson, and Alauralynn Walker chose Sheep Farming in Vermont; Landon Brimmer, Chase Burgess, and Connor Wright featured an exhibit on Skiing and Snowboarding; and, finally, Kendra Greene, Jayden Mears, and Faun Realmunto chose to present on Snowflake Bentley, one of the first people to successfully capture a snowflake on film.

Before the museum tours began students read a selection of Frost's poems, including "The Pasture," "Going for Water," "A Late Walk," "Stopping in the Woods on a Snowy Evening," "After Apple Picking," "The Vantage Point," "The Cow in Apple Time," and "The Road Not Taken." Students then shared some of their own poetry, which was inspired by Frost's works.

Derek Carson can be reached for comment at 802-447-7567, ext. 122.


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