Local Elementary School Teachers Bring
Washington, D.C. to 8th Graders
Congressman Warren Davidson to Speak to MTCES Class of 2020
Liberty Township, OH (May 4, 2020) – Like many graduates at this time, the 8th graders of Mother Teresa Catholic Elementary School (MTCES) are saddened by the lack of customary school year-end festivities. MTCES 8th graders have had a longtime tradition of visiting Washington, D.C. during their last month of school; however, that was not to be for the Class of 2020. So, the junior high teaching team, Amanda Ocariz, Schellie Scott, Lauren Austin, Karen Geiger, and Nicole Stewart, brought D.C. to their students. Last Saturday, the team dressed up and recreated sites including the Arlington National Cemetery and John F. Kennedy Eternal Flame, the Marine Corps War Memorial and Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the White House and Capitol, the Lincoln Memorial, and more.
Dressed as well-known figures including Donald and Melania Trump, Abraham Lincoln, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and secret service agents, MTCES faculty greeted 8th grade students at an appropriate social distance as they arrived in the school parking lot. Sixth grader Claire Geiger was the tour guide, leading individual soon-to-be graduates though the D.C. sites along a chalk walk path decorated with uplifting messages for the students. Along the way, the 8th graders picked up a personalized gift bag including a t-shirt stating: Washington DC—The Trip Quarantine Crushed.
After “touring” D.C. with her daughter, Georgia, Colleen Schafer said, “We had no idea what to expect of today, and you guys totally exceeded all possible expectations. So creative, so time consuming. It is clear how important your students are to you.” Eighth grader Corinne Gosky added, “The D.C. trip was something I have been looking forward to since kindergarten. Although I am sad that we don’t get to spend the week with my friends and teachers in D.C., I was so thankful and surprised that they brought D.C. to us.”
The Class of 2020, as well as the rest of the MTCES student body, are now accustomed to remote learning. Still, this Friday’s 8th grade social studies class promises to be something special. Congressman Warren Davidson has agreed to speak to the students via Zoom chat during their regularly scheduled social studies lesson. “I’m extremely proud of our junior high team’s creativity and compassion,” said MTCES Principal Aideen Briggs. “They’ve been so dedicated to bringing the D.C. experience to the 8th graders.”
MTCES, a 2018 Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, is one of only three independent, private Catholic elementary schools in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. A group of 20 families concerned about the unavailability of Catholic education opportunities in the Butler-Warren, Ohio region founded the school in 1998. MTCES has built a permanent home on a 25-acre campus in Liberty Township. The state-of-the-art facility opened a new academic wing in the 2016-17 school year, and currently serves 542 students. MTCES is accepting applications for this fall. Registration information is located at mtces.org.
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