Plymouth recognizes that we have a robust connection with the past. But we also understand that the children of Plymouth are our connection to the future.
That’s why the Plymouth School system and the graduating class of 2020 are involved in commemorative projects that challenge them to not only understand their town’s history, but also contribute to it.
The Class of 2020 has been engaged in activities since first grade. Each year they have created an artifact to add to their 2020 portfolio. At graduation in June of 2020, they will receive their portfolio back to review and reminisce about the significance of being high school seniors the same year the town is commemorating the 400th anniversary of the landing of the Mayflower.
As first graders, they drew a picture of their favorite place in town and in second grade they filled out a paper that asked about when they “sailed” into Plymouth. In grade three, students completed a book entitled “When I was Young in Plymouth” and as fourth graders, they wrote a letter to out-of-town students, telling them about the place they think is special that visitors should see when visiting Plymouth.
Volunteers file the student work during the summer. Each year the Class of 2020 has recorded their memories and thoughts about American’s hometown as members of this special class.