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May 6, 2015

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First Grade Partners with Ferguson

Brush Pals Project This fall, one first grade (Mrs. Sausele’s) class at MRH Early Childhood Center made paper hearts to give to students in Ferguson, MO. They wanted to let these children know that we were thinking of them.


After the hearts were delivered, the students wondered about so many things. They wanted to know more about students in this city.

These students were lucky enough to connect with another first grade class in Ferguson.  Students from Central Elementary, and their teacher, Mrs. Stoverink, wanted to get to know MRH students, too.  The two groups decided to become “Brush Pals.”  It’s the same idea as penpals, but they exchange art instead of letters.

Central Elementary students drew favorite places that they wanted to show MRH while MRH students did the same.

One of the activities is making puppet plays with new friends. The first grade students are learning each other’s names and faces.  

One of the questions that the children had was “where is Ferguson?”  The teachers posted a map on the smartboard.  From there, MRH students measured the distance between Maplewood, MO and Ferguson, MO. It was discovered that the two are about 12 miles apart.  The students discussed how close that is and asked how long would it take to get there by car?
 
Along with this process, there are weekly discussions amongst first grade classes.  One question that always comes up is, “When can we meet them?”  This wish finally came true when students were able to Skype with their “Brush Pals.”  Both classes were overjoyed to see each other. 

In the works:  Currently, ECC students are in the process of making a book called “The ABC’s of Maplewood.” They would like to give it to their Brush Pals as a gift. In art class, they are making clay animal sculptures.  After they are fired and painted, those will be presented to the Brush Pals as well.
 

For more information, contact MRH School District at (314) 644-4400.