Troy Schools News
3/7/2018, 10:26 a.m.
Troy students give literacy lessons to Marycrest Early Childhood Center students
Several William B. Orenic Intermediate School 5th graders recently shared their love of reading with Marycrest Early Childhood Center students in Joliet. The older students had created literacy lessons and activities to do with the preschool students, helping show them how much fun reading can be.
The visit was the culmination of a project in the W.B.O. class, Citizenship through Community Service, taught by teacher Chelsea Stoltz. Each trimester, students enrolled in the class choose the service project they want to pursue and prepare for it, including working on the interpersonal skills they will need for the service. The lessons, according to Stoltz, help them understand the varying needs of different students, and why giving of their time is good for the community.
The projects culminate with field trips.
“It’s really been a fantastic partnership,” Marycrest Principal Penny Greenwood said. “The Troy students come in well-prepared, and our kids really get excited. Even kids who don’t normally join in when they’re in a large group love it. The Troy kids do just a great job, and our teachers are always impressed by what they bring to our students.”
“These service trips are a great opportunity for students at W.B.O. to learn about community service,” Stoltz said. “They get to see how much they can help the people of our community, and they also see that serving can be fun and exciting. The students learn a lot about themselves, as well. They learn about skills they did not know they had, and they exude empathy and kindness.”
Students in the Troy W.B.O. class this trimester also went on service trips to Operation Care Package, where they prepared packages from start to finish to send to deployed American soldiers, and to the St. John Lutheran Church Food Pantry, where they helped clients collect and bag groceries and helped them to their cars. Stoltz said her students learned that there is a thin line between adults being able to provide for themselves and their families, and needing a little help to make ends meet.
Troy school to put on “Shrek the Musical”
The musical fairy tale with the green ogre, “Shrek the Musical,” will be Troy Middle School’s spring musical this year. The production is based on the 2001 DreamWorks movie with the plot of the loveable Shrek meeting such characters as Pinocchio, the three bears, Peter Pan, the ugly duckling, the three little pigs, and more.
“It’s a great family story that celebrates our differences,” musical director and Troy Middle School teacher Tammie Herrejon said.
The leads of the musical are Micah Klima, who plays Shrek; Kaitlyn Ruddy, who plays Fiona; Nate Aulet, who plays Donkey; Sela Viamonte, who plays Pinocchio; and Mason Schlagel, who plays Lord Farquaad.
The musical is Thursday through Saturday, March 8-10, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, March 11, at 2 p.m., at Troy Middle School, 5800 W. Theodore Street, Plainfield. Tickets are $8 online and $10 at the door and can be purchased at www.showtix4u.com.