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STUDENTS VOLUNTEER AT THE MUSEUM

STUDENTS VOLUNTEER AT THE MUSEUMSTUDENTS VOLUNTEER AT THE MUSEUM

The Seymour Community Museum comes alive for an hour every Tuesday morning when students from the Seymour Alternative School arrive to perform a number of tasks ranging from helping set up exhibits to general cleaning. Under the direction of teacher Jon Murphy, four or five students assist in keeping the building in tip-top shape.

“I don’t know what we would do without their help,” remarked Bill Collar, historical society president. “Whether it is setting up chairs and tables, or assisting with cleaning and polishing, the students are a tremendous asset. Coach Murphy pitches in and they accomplish a great deal in an hour. We have had many people comment about the cleanliness and condition of the museum. Much of it is because of the contributions of the students.”

Mr. Murphy feels having the students volunteer working at the museum provides them with real life experiences while they provide service to the community. “Some things you just can’t teach in the classroom. By pitching in at the museum, the students learn what it takes to plan a task and complete it in a limited amount of time. We make sure they pay attention to detail and stay on task. In many ways it simulates the on-the-job experience.”

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