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Lower School Students Benefit From Community Partnerships at Extended Day

The following is a guest blog post by Meaghan D’Abrosca, College Counseling Office Coordinator and Camp & Extended Day Coordinator at Lincoln School.

Community - ask anyone at Lincoln what their favorite thing about our school is and they’re likely to mention our incredible community. Our community extends farther than our students, faculty, and families. We engage with our greater Providence and Rhode Island community members both inside and outside of the classroom, and our extended day programs are no different.

What exactly is extended day, you ask? It’s our after-school program for Lower School students designed to offer both a convenient care option for working families and an enriching afternoon for our Kindergarten through Grade 5 students, celebrating play across all ages. These are just a few of the incredible community-building activities and enrichments we’ve offered over the first month and a half of school:

Our Eco-Warriors enrichment program is run by Melissa Guillet from 15 Minute Field Trips™. Melissa ran the Gardens & Greens Summer Camp for our little ones this year, and the kids loved her so much that we asked her to return for weekly enrichments this fall. As she states so perfectly on her website, “15 Minute Field Trips™ is dedicated to environmental advocacy through the arts and community action and environmental literacy through physical and online resources, training, and programs to get youth, classrooms, and families outdoors. Through frequent exposure to nature, we create responsible citizens and advocates for environmental and racial justice and provide ways to reduce anxiety through the enjoyment of nature.” Melissa teaches our students things such as mushroom identification, using natural resources to create art, and so much more. 

Rhode Island Museum of Science and Art (RIMOSA) offers many robust programs including Creative Engineering, and our students are obsessed with it! Only halfway through our fall session, they’ve already learned about kinetic energy and art through the study of Alexander Calder, an artist who is known for his mobiles. The students were able to create their own mobiles - and that was all in just one day! They’ve also created ephemeral art using natural materials, made catapults, marble contraptions, and other impressive works. We are thrilled to be working with a local museum with a mission that closely aligns with our own.

Both of those enrichments provide great opportunities to build community with the greater Providence area and support local businesses. We also have several Upper School students who join us throughout the week to serve as student assistants and mentors to our Lower Schoolers in our general extended day program. This helps to build up our very own on-campus community, bridging the gap between our older and younger students. The Lower Schoolers love spending time with our Upper Schoolers, and it brings both groups so much joy to play together. Our hope is to continue to expand these opportunities for interaction across grade levels, and hopefully, we’ll see some of our Lower Schoolers as student assistants one day as well!