As part of their study of the history of Chase Collegiate, Chase kids in the second and third grade
were treated to a morning with alumna, Mrs. Judith Rowley ’53. Mrs. Rowley has deep connections to Chase, going back to the earliest years of St. Margaret’s School, which both her maternal and paternal grandmothers graduated from in the late nineteenth century.
An avid member of the Chase community, Mrs. Rowley generously agreed to field queries from inquisitive second and third graders, who prepped questions in class prior to her arrival. Many of the questions asked were comparative in nature, with the majority of students wanting to learn more about the contrast between Mrs. Rowley’s experiences at school and their own.
Second grade teacher, Mary Jane Herwig shared that her curious learners asked, “What did your classroom look like? What was your dress code like? What was the lunch like? What kind of clothes did you wear to gym? Was there a PreK at the school then? What kind of books did you read?” Students enjoyed hearing Mrs. Rowley’s answers and were surprised to learn that she and her classmates typically went home for lunch and wore tunic-like gym uniforms when playing sports.
After a spirited question and answer session, Mrs. Rowley took the students to the lower level of the McTernan Centennial Library for a full tour of the Judith Kellogg Rowley ’53 Archives Center. Mrs. Rowley elaborated on the importance of the archives and provided a hands-on look at the history of the school. Students were able to see photos of Mrs. Rowley in primary school and were delighted to see a photo of her mother, Lucy Templeton Kellogg ’24, posed with her fellow St. Margaret’s basketball team members.
Following the tour, students returned to the Lower School to add to a timeline of the school they created prior to Mrs. Rowley’s visit, including in any new information they received from their interviews. We are so grateful that Mrs. Rowley was able to share her vast knowledge of Chase’s history and her own personal experiences with some of our youngest learners.
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