2015 Oct 14: RES Pre-Kindergarten Community Tour

Our children are our future, and it is always great to hear about opportunities for them to discover their community and the world around them. This week Sandee Calame has provided us with several examples of how her Pre-Kindergarten students experienced “Rockdale”.

A very wise person once said it takes a village to raise a child, and here at Rockdale Elementary School, we believe whole-heartedly in that sentiment. Rockdale is home to many unique businesses and very friendly community members. Our youngest, most enthusiastic learners here at RES have recently been learning about many of our hometown Rockdale community businesses, government offices, and community helpers. Last week, the Pre-Kindergarten children had the opportunity visit and explore the Rockdale Police Department, the US Post Office, the Lucy Hill Patterson Memorial Library, and Citizens National Bank. At each destination the children were given an exclusive, behind –the-scenes tour of each facility. Highlights of the tour included sitting behind the wheel of a RPD patrol car, mailing their own letters at the Post Office, hearing an exciting story read by the children’s librarian, and going inside the vault at Citizens National Bank. Additionally, our Pre-Kindergarten students were given a first-hand glimpse into the daily operations of each of these community establishments and into the lives of these most valuable community helpers. A wonderful, exciting time was had by all and we look forward to seeing our new friends as we are out and about in our community.

Another exciting experience the Pre-Kindergarten children were recently afforded was a visit from the EMS personnel at American Medical Response. They showed the children their medical equipment and gave them a look inside the ambulance to help allay any fears they may of had about riding in an ambulance. Finally, the students explored the RVFD fire engine with several volunteer firemen on scene to demonstrate how to handle an emergency situation.

On behalf of the teachers and students at Rockdale Elementary School, we would like to extend our sincere gratitude for these exciting experiences, fun stickers, piggy banks, golden dollars, bookmarks, and fire safety materials that were given to each child. Our children are blessed to live in this community and Rockdale truly is a great place to live, work, and raise a family!