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North Street School Students Learn About Mount Vernon, George Washington

Apr 06, 2016 12:14PM ● By Bill Gilman

North Street School Students Learn About Mount Vernon, George Washington

(Editor's note: The following article was submitted by the Tewksbury Public Schools.)

Ms. Kalajian, Title I Reading Specialist at the North Street School, recently made presentations to many North Street classrooms on the theme of George Washington and his home at Mount Vernon.  This past summer, Ms. Kalajian and other educators from across the USA took a weeklong class, "The Era of George Washington," at Mount Vernon funded through the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.  

Through the generosity of the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association, each student at the North Street School received a special gift from Mount Vernon, a large porthole portrait of George Washington painted by artist Rembrandt Peale.  "Mr. Peale had a lifelong interest in the President and over decades painted numerous images of him.  The artist and President even shared the same birthday, February 22," said Ms. Kalajian.  "President Washington was a good listener and an amazing leader in the formative years of our nation," she continued, "and North Street students seem eager to learn even more about our first President."

Touching thank you notes written by students to the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association showed their appreciation and excitement in receiving President Washington's portrait. Their descriptive words included "exquisite, cool, wonderful, and amazing" and many shared their interest in history.   Mrs. Marsh and Mrs. Gagnon's fourth grade classes are pictured in the photos, holding thank you notes they wrote.

"My students loved hearing Ms. Kalajian's stories of the opportunity to spend time where George Washington spent his most treasured times," said Mrs. Gagnon.

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