Teaching Ideas submitted by Donna Schlampp, a retired
media specialist who taught at Richard M. Nixon Elementary School in Yuma, Arizona.
The 25th anniversary celebration for Nixon Elementary School was
truly wonderful. The special day was Monday, April 3, 1995 and
activities were held throughout a two week period.
At the 10:00 AM assembly, Edward Nixon,
the youngest brother of President Richard Nixon, spoke to an enthusiastic
student body. Our school's Bobcat Singers shared their vocal
accomplishments as they sang "America the Beautiful", "Dona Nobis Pacem",
and the "Bobcat Song".
A student spoke about the flag that had flown over the capitol
and two other students presented a flag to the school.
Mr. Nixon shared three stories about nine-year-olds. The first story
President Nixon as a nine-year-old who would read and read and read.
second story told of Ed Nixon as a nine-year-old who
drove his brother's new car. The last told of Ed's daughter as a
nine-year-old who ordered a Coke at the
White House during the middle of the night. |
The children asked
several more questions. After the question period, a student
presented Mr. Nixon with an Anniversary bobcat shirt.
Later Mr. Nixon and his wife visited the classrooms where
children asked more questions. They also attended
a fourth grade enrichment unit where they learned about Richard M.
Nixon Elementary School, the Hiawatha area before 1970,
changes to Richard M. Nixon Elementary School
during the years, and worldwide events from 1970-1995.
During the afternoon, fifth grade students led tours
of the school and playground. In the evening, Mr. Nixon came back for a
short time to share his feelings about the celebration.
Mrs. Nelson and Mr. Young, who both
taught for 25 years at Richard M. Nixon Elementary School,
shared memories of those years and
were honored with calligraphy pictures created by local artist, Jean Close,
whose children attended the school. Former students
were in attendance and shared their memories, too.
were then called on to talk about the time capsule the third grade class
was completing. This capsule will be opened in 2020.
Next, the students
acted out a skit entitled "Nixon throughout the Years," which
told of some outstanding events that have taken place during the past
at Richard M. Nixon Elementary School
such as the Sky is Falling In, Tailypo - the new Mac Lab,
buses with animal names, etc.
Other projects include the completion of an enrichment unit for
the entire school and publishing an anniversary newsletter.
In addition to these activities, the first and second graders
made illustrations depicting relatives and friends who attended
Richard M. Nixon Elementary School.
Each class planned its own celebration with special cakes.
We plan to continue to stress the educational dimension of this special
by writing reflections about the anniversary, letters to Mr. Nixon
(who has promised to reply) and thank you letters to the many, many people
who contributed to the success of our anniversary celebration.