Pittsford Central School District

PCSD Students Virtually Meet Barbara Bush

Students from Park Road Elementary and Thornell Road Elementary had the opportunity to ask questions of former first lady Barbara Bush via webcam during an interactive Q&A as part of the 8th annual Reading Discovery in January 2015.

Classes from around the nation, in addition to Ghana and Canada, were invited to participate in the video conference with Barbara Bush and could submit questions for the interactive component. Only 22 questions were accepted and asked during the Q&A session.

The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum, in partnership with Discovery Education, hosted the event at the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center at Texas A&M University. The former first lady read excerpts from Rushmore by Lynn Curlee, which covers a STEM topic about the engineering of Mount Rushmore and American history from WWI to WWII.

The Park Road Library Media Specialist, Tami Holihan, wanted her students to participate in this event because it provided, “a memorable learning experience and an opportunity to spark life-long interest for students.” Their engagement and participation in an event like this directly applies to the goals of the District’s Strategic Initiative, which focuses on enhancing learning through rigorous and authentic experiences.

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