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Date published: 3/4/2012


Grymes Memorial

Sixth-grade students prepared a special presentation recently in honor of Martin Luther King Jr., emphasizing the influences of Mahatma Gandhi on his life. The slave spiritual "Wade in the Water" was sung by Jasmine Walker with choreography by Claire Mink and Stella Bradford. The students and their instructor, Shyla Vesitis, were invited to attend a black history program at White Oak Run Baptist Church in Rapidan, where they shared their presentation.

The second-grade students in Amy Dixon's class invited Grymes parent and teacher Evelyn Chaleki, a first-generation American, to speak to the class on the day of the Chinese New Year. As a class project each child made an early form of the calculator, called an abacus. Margaret Hill, resource teacher, visited the class to help the children make paper.

The schoolwide focus on adventure began in October with the participation of six seventh-grade girls in "The Galapagos Challenge," offered by an extraordinary benefactor, Anne Ueltschi. Based on their projects and presentations, seventh-graders Grace Wilbanks and Sierra Giles were chosen to go on an all-expenses paid National Geographic Expedition to the Galapagos Islands. They will be accompanied by faculty winner Marcy Wagner, fourth-grade teacher.

All the participating girls were rewarded for their presentations with a behind-the-scenes tour of the National Geographic Society Headquarters in Washington. Contestants Lily Moriarty, Cordelia Hogan, Mary Simms, Aspen Gorman, Grace Wilbanks and Sierra Giles learned photography techniques, saw how the magazine is laid out, met with a cartographer, and looked more closely at the machines and devices for exploration stored in the basement of the building.

--Lee Berry