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Pre-K students tour Mount Vernon

Pre-K students tour Mount Vernon

Pre-kindergarten students toured Mount Vernon to see all the community helpers throughout the month of December. The “hop on, hop off” bus tour visited the fire and police departments, grocery store, library, post office, Board of Education office, City Hall and more.
 
“This tour gave our students the opportunity to see all the amazing places in Mount Vernon,” said Dr. Gayle White Wallace, Director of Pre-K, Gifted and Talented, and Special Projects.

Firefighter gathers pre-k students for a picture.

“It is important that our children know the place they call home.” 
 
Students had the opportunity to learn about community helpers’ jobs.

“A lot of what we do is when someone calls for help, we get into the police car and drive to where they are so we can help them,” said Lieutenant Gregory Addison, Mount Vernon police officer.  
 
Lieutenant Addison made sure students knew when it is appropriate to call 911 and even showed them the room where calls are taken.  
 
The fire department also made sure students knew what number to call for an emergency and not to hide from the firefighters when they come to help.  
 
Another stop on the tour was City Hall where students met Mayor Shawyn Patterson-Howard. 
 
“As Mayor, I have to lead the city,” said Mayor Patterson-Howard. “We make sure the community is safe and clean and that we have good programs for our young people.”   
 
Each stop was a reminder to students that there are people who work to help others in the community. Each role is crucial to building the Mount Vernon community up and keeping it safe. 

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Dr. Pearce and Dr. BC

Students, teachers, and community members from countries around the world filled the cafeteria for Mount Vernon High School’s No Place for Hate - A Walk Around the Globe on Friday, January 20, 2023. The room was lined with flags from around the world, and tables were set up with displays detailing the cultures of each country. There was an assortment of food from several countries as well.  

Students in Pre-K playing games at House of Sports

Universal Prekindergarten students in the Mount Vernon City School District are currently learning about health and nutrition. To support the learning in this unit, pre-K students from across the district took a trip to House of Sports.

Kids petting rabbit

Traphagen scholars took an in-house field trip that featured a tortoise, ferret, and albino rabbit. Students were allowed to touch all the animals and see them up close. Nick Coon, a naturalist educator at Greenburgh Nature Center, brought his scaly and furry friends to Traphagen School on Tuesday, January 10, 2023, for the field trip.

Pre-K students arriving to school

A month after the beginning of the Mount Vernon City School District's universal pre-kindergarten program for 3-year-olds (UPK-3), parents are seeing development in their children's communication and reading skills. Scholars began their pre-K journey at WestCOP Bethel Early Childhood Center, Friendship for Tots, and Our Lady of Victory School.   

Firefighter gathers pre-k students for a picture.

Pre-kindergarten students toured Mount Vernon to see all the community helpers throughout the month of December. The “hop on, hop off” bus tour visited the fire and police departments, grocery store, library, post office, Board of Education office, City Hall and more.