Connecting across the years

BOCES 2 teacher Kelly Nauerth’s preschoolers at Spencerport’s Munn Elementary School practiced waving “Hello” so they could properly welcome the soon-to-arrive “big kids.” 

After that very enthusiastic greeting, the visiting 12th-graders from School Social Worker Maria Tantillo’s Therapeutic Day Program class got right down to work making friends. They each read a favorite book to their young audience, holding their attention with gentle humor and skilled showmanship. Then they patiently helped the little ones create handmade tree ornaments for the holiday. Each seemed to make a special connection to at least one or two of the younger students, who clearly looked up to their new role models.