by Terry (Baker) Comers '77—Cedarville, OH
August 24, 2009
New notebooks, crayons, markers, and sharpened pencils are signs of the first day of school — but so are feelings of excitement and nervousness as students begin the school year. And Cedarville's early and middle childhood education majors were no exception as they headed to a local classroom for a first day of school field trip.
For the past five years, the education department has partnered with area schools to provide CU students with this valuable learning experience. Our students pack a lunch and arrive at school early to help their classroom teacher prepare for the big day. Not only do they provide an "extra pair of hands" for the teacher, but they also gain insight into the busyness of a typical first day of a new school year. Cedarville students participate in a huge variety of activities — everything from writing name tags to wiping away the tears of kindergarteners who don't want to leave their mothers.
The feedback has been very positive from CU students, classroom teachers, and principals. One teacher wrote, "Please do this again next year. What a blessing to have someone take care of the details while I directed the class." Another wrote, "My Cedarville student was wonderful! Thanks for sharing your students with us on the first day of school." CU students benefit from the experience, too. One said, "This was a great day! I'm more excited than ever to have my own classroom."
The education department sends a special thank-you to the area principals and teachers for sharing their classrooms with our students. We look forward to providing this service in the community in the coming years.