St. Mary’s School, Ticonderoga, first grade students have constructed models of important places in the community. The models are on display at the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce office on Montcalm Street.
What are the most important places in the community?
That was the question posed to St. Mary’s School, Ticonderoga, first grade students recently as part of a social studies project.
“We have been studying communities, what it means to be part of a community,” teacher Rachel Zauner explained. “Each student was asked to choose a place with special meaning to them and build a model of it.”
Students completed the task entirely at home with the help of family members.
“I wanted it to be a family project,” Zauner said. “We had brothers, sisters, moms, dads, grandmothers, grandfathers all help. We discussed each place and what it means in school, but the construction was a family project.”
Students built 14 models representing area places. They are now on display at the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce office on Montcalm Street.
“They’re wonderful,” Matt Courtright, chamber executive director, said of the models. “It’s obvious a lot of work and thought went into them.”
The students in the class hail from Ticonderoga, Crown Point, Moriah, Putnam and Dresden.
“We had a lot of different communities to talk about,” Zauner said. “It really worked out well.”
Landen Smith made a model of the Dunkin’ Donuts building.
“It’s my favorite place to go,” he said. “I love it there. I eat donuts.”
Collin Lauzon constructed the Hot Biscuit Diner.
“My dad takes me there a lot,” he said.
Stevie Sprouse made the Mineville-Witherbee fire house.
“I like it there,” she said. “On special days they have a contest to eat hot dogs.”
Billy Hurlburt’s model represents McDonalds.
“I love it there,” he said. “I love the French fries and hash browns.”
Robert O’Neil constructed the Ticonderoga International Paper Co. mill.
“My dad works there,” he said. “Sometimes I visit him there.”
Garrett Beebe made the Ticonderoga Federal Credit Union’s Ti branch.
“My mom works there,” he said. “I always go there.”
Kaelyn Hurlburt decided to make St. Mary’s Church in Ti.
“It’s holy,” he said. “It’s God’s house.”
Aidan Ross made Tony’s Ti Sports.
“My dad works there,” he said. “I’ve been there a lot of times.”
Hannah McGrath constructed a model of the Sugar & Spice Shop in Ticonderoga.
“I love the kids’ section there,” she said.
Madeline Lender made St. Mary’s School.
“This is where I learn,” she explained.
Brooklyn Huestis created Crown Point Central School.
“I like it there,” he said. “You can learn there.”
Madelyn Holman made a replica of the Silver Saw Logging Co. in Dresden.
“My dad works there,” she said. “He has lots of big equipment.”
Nathan Myers made Mt. Defiance.
“I like the cannons there,” he said. “I like to see the water and climb there. It’s really fun.”
Carter Thatcher constructed the Wagon Wheel Restaurant in Ti.
“My dad works there,” he said. “The food’s good.”
Letters have been sent to each of the businesses represented and others telling them about the display at the chamber office.
“I’m very proud of my students,” Zauner said. “I think they had fun, they learned and they had an opportunity to work closely with their families. It’s been a great project.”