Weekly All School Bulletin
McTernan Alumni share archival documents during LS Library Time
Chase kids in the second and fourth grade were treated to a special surprise during last Thursday's library classes. Instead of being surrounded by books, students were surrounded by graduates of The McTernan School for Boys, a predecessor to present-day Chase Collegiate. While gathered in the Judith Kellogg Rowley '53 Archives Center, curious Chase kids presented their questions to a panel of McTernan Men.
Alumni Elton Hall '57, Peter North '58, Christopher Brooks '59, Keith Johnson '59, Schuyler Thomson '61 and Charles Fulkerson'62 eagerly shared their experiences as students, using archival documents and items to engage their young interviewers. The second graders enjoyed hearing about the annual Christmas pageant, with one student correctly identifying a few of the grads in a photo of a performance. They were proud to share information about their own performance of Seussical: Kids a few weeks prior and were able to see how McTernan traditions impacted the arts at Chase.
Inquisitive fourth graders were interested in hearing more about athletics at McTernan and were impressed by the various archival items the alumni had to share. From varsity letters to an early "leatherhead" football helmet, there were plenty of captivating items for the students to examine. The alumni were impressed by the thoughtful questions the students had prepared prior to their arrival; their excitement while learning about the history of the school and the Greater Waterbury area was apparent and our alums enjoyed matching their enthusiasm.
Experiences like this not only help to further the research skills developed in their academic classes but also help connect Chase's past with its present and future. During experiences like this, students gain an appreciation for history without seeing it as a "boring subject". It is always meaningful to see our students engaging with those who walked the halls before them, and we are grateful that the McTernan men were so willing to come back and share.
Alumni & Community Engagement Coordinator