Sam Larochelle of Fremont, age seven, recently had what kids these days call an “epic” idea for show and tell. He wanted to bring his “Poppy.” That would be his great-grandfather, 99-year-old Joseph F. Nelson of Manchester. Nelson, who has seven great-grandchildren attending Ellis School in Fremont, agreed, though he first wondered if he would be up to it. And so started the greatest show and tell ever.
Nelson, an Air Force veteran of World War II, told the kids about the war, about growing up without electricity, about walking a mile and a half to school because there was no school bus. They were amazed.
“At one point, dozens of fifth-graders gathered around Nelson in the school’s lobby to learn more about his life over the past 100 years,” our very nice story on Nelson’s visit pointed out.
Imagine. These kids were not crowding around a television or a video game console. They were crowding around a great-grandfather — so they could learn about the past.
What a great learning opportunity. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if every school district set aside some class time each semester for kids to hear and learn from a seasoned citizen?