Hinsdale 5th-graders continue wall tile legacy

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HINSDALE, N.H. — Students at Hinsdale Elementary School are continuing a tradition started last year of leaving a lasting legacy on their school walls.

In the fall of 2018, upon the opening of the new addition to the Hinsdale Elementary School, the Hinsdale Education Foundation launched the 5th Grade Wall Tile Project. Through this project every fifth grade student designs a tile that will be part of a class display to be permanently installed in the corridor of the new addition. Eight wall sections have been designated to extend this project to include the fifth-grade classes through 2026, allowing for the participation of every Pre-K thru fifth-grade student attending school when the new addition opened.

Last year, on DARE Graduation day, the first fifth-grade Wall Tile Display was unveiled. Each of the 38 students in the class created an original tile design to express the theme "Helping Hands." The tiles presented encouraging messages on friendship, kindness, family, learning, community, looking out for others in need and the environment.

Art Teacher Jennifer Towle said students felt "a sense of community and accomplishment as they work on the tiles." The process of collaborating as a class on setting a theme, then creating a design to present that theme, develops skills essential to success in the higher grades and in life in general, she noted.

This year's fifth grade class has adopted "Reading Can Take You to New Places" as their theme for the 2020 Wall Tile Project. This is in recognition of Hinsdale Elementary School being awarded this year's Children's Literary Foundation "Year of the Book Grant." Books given to students and visits by authors to the school giving talks and workshops on writing, all provided by the grant, are inspiring the messages that this year's wall tile display will present.

The Hinsdale Education Foundation, working with the Hinsdale School District and Elementary School, is raising the funds to support the fifth-grade Wall Tile Project. To learn more about this project and how to help, go to the Hinsdale Education Foundation website at HinsdaleEF.org or email hinsdaleEF@gmail.com.

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