Crossing the Street, Exploring the World

Westminster is divided into two schools, Upper and Lower, that are separated by County Road 14. The Lower school is made up of students from kindergarten to sixth grade, while the Upper School encompasses grades seven through twelve.  There is rarely much interaction between the two schools; but occasionally Upper School students have the opportunity to cross the street to help out with Lower School activities. This happened recently when the senior class got to help the fifth graders enjoy “Explorer’s Day.”

I remember being in fifth grade and learning about the Age of Discovery, the interesting voyages of famous explorers, and the places that they found. Naturally, I was excited to encourage the fifth graders in their enthusiasm. The fifth grade was broken up into six groups, each led by a senior and named after a renowned navigator. We had a Columbus, Desoto, Magellan, Cortez, Coronado, and Cabot. I had the honor of being John Cabot for the day and leading a group of excited fifth graders through a series of challenges. The events were diverse and historically themed. There was an art competition, a scavenger hunt, and last of all an exciting “Fish and Furs” relay.

The fifth graders loved it, and at the end of the day I think all the seniors had a good time as well. It was a cool experience to be able to help out students from the Lower School. Not only did we as older students have the opportunity to invest in those younger than us, we got to enjoy it along the way.


By Daniel Richardson, Class of 2015

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