IT STARTS WITH ONE: BEHIND THE SCENES OF MY SCHOOL’S OUTDOOR TRANSFORMATION

May 30, 2015 · Bangor Daily News

By Kate Smith, a music teacher to grades pre-K to 3 at Central Elementary School in South Berwick and the 2014 York County Teacher of the Year.

“Mrs. Smith, you want to know what one plus one equals?” I looked down at 5-year old Vincent, face beaming, determined to tell me either way. I glanced distractedly at the rest of the kindergarten class as they settled on the rug.

“Sure, what does one plus one equal?” I asked him, glancing back his way.

“Eleven!” he said proudly, holding up two hands, each with one finger up. I stopped short and smiled at him, suddenly unconcerned about the wiggling students at my feet. Vincent, I knew, was absolutely right.

The power of one plus one is exponential. Our community learned this firsthand five years ago when a landscape architect and a cookbook author reached out to our elementary school.

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