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Croton Fourth-Graders Teach Parents On Specials Night

At Carrie E. Tompkins Elementary School’s Specials Night, parents were invited to create their own still-lifes in the art room.
At Carrie E. Tompkins Elementary School’s Specials Night, parents were invited to create their own still-lifes in the art room. Photo Credit: Croton-Harmon Schools
Parents participated in a drumming circle led by students.
Parents participated in a drumming circle led by students. Photo Credit: Croton-Harmon Schools

CROTON, N.Y. -- Carrie E. Tompkins Elementary School in Croton-on-Hudson opened its doors on Feb. 11 for parents to learn more and get hands-on in the areas of music, arts, library and physical education.

In a program called Specials Night, fourth-grade students, guided by their teachers, led workshops in each area, underscoring the district’s philosophy of allowing students to take charge of their learning.

“Lila Clarke, Ben Gardos and Lucy Gomez showed parents what they learned in drum circles with Mike Veny,” music teacher Marlena Peters said in a statement. “It was amazing to see them be the teachers and show off all the skills they acquired.”

Physical education teacher Robin Cooke worked with 24 student volunteers to demonstrate exercises and traditional and non-traditional sports, along with fitness and circus activities. “

Cooke emphasized to parents that the most important part of physical education at the school is helping students find activities that they enjoy, regardless of their physical abilities.

In the library, students outlined the curricula at each grade level, discussing character education, geography, the fourth-grade research program and more. They also led tours, according to librarian Melissa Heckler.

In the art room, Brie Lafuente and students led parents through creating their own still-life pieces, offering them positive feedback and suggestions.

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