SSR (Sustained Social Research) at Waring is a wonderful opportunity to reach out to a community that stretches wider than our own. It’s a humanities oriented initiative, and the goal was to learn something about Beverly, about people who are different from us, and about ourselves. Every student in 4/5 was placed in one of five locations: Pathways Headstart program, Centerville Elementary School, North Shore Education Consortium, Beverly Bootstraps, or Harborlight Assisted Living. Half of 4/5 goes to our respective SSR placements on Tuesdays for about an hour and 15 minutes, and the other half goes on Wednesdays for the same amount of time. Every student has been able to connect with people who we would have never met if it wasn’t for the SSR program.
In my case, at Pathways, I’ve developed relationships with little kids that I will never forget. Henry, a three year old with a puffy bun on the top of his head, jumps up and down waving when I walk into their classroom. He likes to play with my jewelry, hold my hand, and sit in my lap while I read him stories. I’ve enjoyed meeting with these kids more than I can express, and spending time at Pathways has been one of the most significant parts of my senior year.
By Elizabeth Ward