Special guest visitors have been visiting Wexford Elementary School all year to talk about something that is near and dear to our hearts – the district values. As you know the district values spell out the acronym – PRIDE and include Personal Growth, Resiliency, Innovation, Diverse Opportunities and Engagement. Every 10 days, Teacher Rachel Zimmerman has invited a guest whose as old as the number of days of schools. For example, on the 10th day of school, 10-year-old Maggie Campbell, fifth grader at Eden Hall Upper Elementary School, stopped by to talk to students. She was a former student of Ms. Zimmerman. On the 20th day of school, the staff had a 20-year-old stop by and a 30-yer old visitor on the 30th day and so on.
The guests have been talking about their experiences surrounding innovation, personal growth and resiliency and the diverse opportunities they have had through the years.
Some of the visitors included 30-year-old Liz Raines, 70-year-old Rick Federick (Ms. Zimmerman’s dad) and even Jim Roddey, who is in his 80s.
Retired North Allegheny Principal Stanley Zimmerman, who is in his eighties, even stopped by to share his experiences and his connections with the PRIDE values. He was a principal at Franklin and McKnight Elementary schools and is the father-in-law of Mrs. Zimmermans.
“I got this idea from my mom being a former teacher doing a similar activity when she taught at Hampton, and I was motivated after our first in-service day hearing about PRIDE and thought this was an age appropriate activity to expose the kids to PRIDE,” Mrs. Zimmerman said. “Students love asking questions and getting pictures with the visitor too.”