By ADRIANA GUTH-BOROWSKI – On Friday, October 25, students enrolled in the IHS public speaking class traveled to East Pike Elementary in order to read children’s books to young students.
Under the organization of East Pike librarian Mrs. Geri Nath, Public Speaking students were welcomed into East Pike and split up into different classrooms. Each student had to the opportunity to use their public speaking skills to help educate and entertain young children.
“Traveling back to elementary school really showed me how far I’ve come. Elementary didn’t seem that long ago until I saw what the kids were doing and how they looked at me,” said junior Beza Allison. “I was able to interact with the children and see how much these kids look up to us. I gained some perspective on how far in my school career I am.”
In preparation for the event, the Public Speaking class trained their reading voices in order to master speaking in front of others. Students learned how to hold the book so kids can see it and read so students could follow along.
“It helped me to memorize and be familiar with the book,” stated junior Madelyn Thompson. “It helped me to use different voices at the right time. I loved seeing the children’s reactions to the books. They had so much fun when we read to them.”
The trip was able to be a success with the help of the faculty and staff at East Pike Elementary School and the Indiana Area Senior High school. Mr. Larry Nath, the Public Speaking teacher at IHS, was able to prepare the students in order to make the trip successful.
“It went very well. The kids were well received, and both the high school and elementary students had a great time. The elementary students look up to the high school students,” expressed public speaking teacher, Mr. Larry Nath.
Students both young and old were able to gain a positive experience from the event. IHS students were given the opportunity to gain perspective on how much they have grown, and the elementary students were able to catch a glimpse into their future.
[Photo by Giavonna Spadafora]
Photo Caption: “Junior Beza Allison reads to the elementary students.”
Adriana is a junior and has been on the High Arrow staff for three years. Her goal is to bring accurate news and other stories to the readers of the High Arrow.