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Celebrating Heritage

My heritage has been my grounding, and it has brought me peace.
—Maureen O’Hara

Colchester High School invites the community to the American Experience Heritage Gallery on Monday, March 25 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in the Colchester High School cafeteria and rooms 101–107.

The Heritage Gallery is the culminating event of an extensive project in which all tenth-grade students take part. Beginning with creating personal and historical timelines of events during their lives and conducting intergenerational interviews, the students write three vignettes after reading examples from Sandra Cisneros’s The House on Mango Street. In addition, the students most choose from other possible project components, including family recipes, town histories, heritage maps, and more. A scrapbook compilation of their work designed to be handed down in the future rounds out the students’ experience.

Among the Colchester School District Vision and Strategic Plan 2012–2017’s pathways are Pathway A: High Standards, Expectations, and Individual Engagement for All Learners; Pathway B: Technology Infrastructure and Integration; Pathway C: Learning Outside Our Four Walls; Pathway E: Parent, Community, and School Partnerships Among Lifelong Learners; and Pathway G: Town + School = One Vision. We invite the community to share in student work that encompasses all of these pathways.

Sharing the results of their exploration with the community is an important aspect of the project. Please join us. Snacks, juice, and coffee will be served.

For more information, please call CHS at (802) 264-5700 or e-mail educators Katie Lenox ( and/or Sean MacArdle (

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