Last fall, Hun’s junior class visited the school to read books, help make crafts, and otherwise get to know their neighbors. On May 19, students from kindergarten, second, and third grade visited the Hun campus to do science experiments.
Hun Junior Class Dean Ted Shaffner, the faculty advisor of the project, calls the activities Friend Days, designed to forge ties between the two schools.
Hun student, Amanda Morrison ’18, organized the day as part of her Girl Scouts of America Gold Award project. (The Gold Award is the highest honor a Girl Scout can earn.) She planned, organized and shopped for the project. The activities included three science activities for 100 youngsters based on the curriculum they are studying. They included an egg drop, a static electricity station, and building a popsicle stick catapult.
“I think it’s great for both our schools, getting the younger kids interested in the science component, and our kids getting to know them,” said Amanda, who has been a Girl Scout since she was 4 and particularly enjoys her science classes.
In the first activity, students used problem-solving skills to design a container and packing that would allow them to drop an egg from a height without breaking it. In the second, students learned about creating electricity with simple objects like balloons; and the third activity demonstrated physic techniques through building and using catapults.
Johnson Park students yelled with delight as they got to toss a raw egg, nestled in a box with packaging, over a railing, and then ran to see if their packing job had protected their cargo.
“I love the intensity of the younger kids; they are really excited and have so much fun,” said Ms. Morrison.
“These types of activities make our relationship with Johnson Park stronger,” said Mr. Shaffner, who said he planned to have more Friend Days next academic year.