MOUNT VERNON — For the past school year, several volunteers from Rolls Royce have put in many hours to help at Pleasant Street Elementary School. Teacher Jennifer Campbell said a team of Rolls Royce employees visited the fifth grade classes several times to work with the students on science content and skills. The volunteers aligned their presentations with the units the pupils studied in science, and they brought hands-on activities for the students to try.
One activity was constructing electrical circuits. The volunteers also worked with the students on sound energy, light energy and thermal energy.
“With each presentation, “ Campbell said, “they emphasized to the kids that they needed to have a goal for themselves and always do their best in school so that they can reach their goal” The culminating presentation was about various careers and jobs represented at Rolls Royce.
“That presentation really got some of the students thinking about their future,” Campbell told the News. “This is exactly what our students need at Pleasant Street — a glimpse at the possibilities and opportunities that are open to them.”
In addition to the team which worked on presentations, two employees, Brian Hamilton and Amy Warrell, made weekly visits to the school to work with some fourth-graders on their math skills.
“I am so grateful that community members are willing to give of their time to do this type of work,” Campbell added. “The interaction and attention the students get from these professionals is truly a treat for our students.”
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