Immaculate Conception School’s first graders build lighthouses

Immaculate Conception School’s first grade class has a long standing tradition.  For seventeen years, Mrs. Rita McNutt’s students have been asked to pick a lighthouse from anywhere in the world, study its history, and then build a model of the beacon of their choice.

Mrs. McNutt is a lighthouse enthusiast herself and has traveled with her husband to visit numerous lighthouses. She began lighthouse projects in 1996, the year of the 175th anniversary celebration of the Marblehead Lighthouse.  Since that time she has been taking her class on a day trip to the Marblehead Lighthouse and the keeper’s house.  The students get a rich knowledge of the history of the area they call “home”. 
The project allows the students and their parents to spend time together looking up the information and then coming up with household objects to replicate the lighthouse.  This year lighthouses were chosen from Vietnam, England, Canada, and six from the United States shorelines.  Mrs. McNutt has visited five of the nine lighthouses created by her class.  
The lighthouses will be on display at Ida Rupp Public Library beginning this Friday, Feb. 8, for several weeks.     

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