Andover Elementary showcases a love of learning

Children bowled each other over, climbed the walls, played the recorder and made music with Orff instruments. Miniature scientists unearthed isopods, artwork adorned the hallways and families enjoyed an ice cream social.

 With a keen eye and much determination, Ella Krause, a kindergarten student, places plastic gears in working order, then watches them turn with ease and efficiency. Ella was visiting the Inquiry Room during Andover Elementary School’s Showcase event May 2. Photo by Sue Austreng

With a keen eye and much determination, Ella Krause, a kindergarten student, places plastic gears in working order, then watches them turn with ease and efficiency. Ella was visiting the Inquiry Room during Andover Elementary School’s Showcase event May 2. Photo by Sue Austreng

Boundless energy and creative activity filled the schoolhouse during Andover Elementary School’s Showcase event the evening of May 2.

The eclectic turn of events highlighted lessons in artwork, science, physical education and more, and hundreds of students and their families stopped by the school to take it all in and celebrate education.

And, for anyone eager for refreshing treat, $1 ice cream was served in the school cafeterias.

All the money collected from the ice cream social will be used to purchase trees and bushes as part of an outdoor learning environment currently being created on campus in partnership with Tree Trust’s environmental education program.

And so, showcase night isn’t just to show families what students have already accomplished. It’s about enhancing learning opportunities and hinting at what’s to come.

“This is such a great night – so much to see, so much to do, so much to look forward to. The kids love it. We love it and it really shows how fun learning can be,” said third-grader Joe Winter’s mom, a satisfied showcase visitor.

Sue Austreng is at sue.austreng@ecm-inc.com

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