Noella Carlow, 21st Century After School/Summer Science Camp Coordinator for the North Adams Public Schools, shared the following letter to Superintendent James Montepare.
She reports that: "Recently, we took North Adams students on a ‘Celebration of Learning Trip' to the New England Aquarium in Boston. This letter was sent to us from a staff person at the aquarium. I thought you might like to share this wonderful letter with the community, complimenting our youth, staff and the parents. We were the largest group ever to visit from a school. It is always wonderful to get positive feedback on our youth."
We couldn't agree more, and the glowing letter follows:
Dear Mr. Montepare,
My name is John C. Masterson. I am a volunteer at the New England Aquarium's (NEAq) Education Department.
I have been a volunteer since January, 1974, and have donated over 9,500 hours to the aquarium. I want to comment about the visit by the summer science camp program children and their teachers/chaperones.
I understand that there were about 300 children and adults who made the long trip to NEAq, which took about three-plus hours on the buses. Your students represented the city of North Adams, the school department and their parents to the highest degree of honor, courtesy and an amazing amount of curiosity.
Me and every staff member and volunteer in the NEAq that I spoke with agreed that yours was one of -- if not the most -- pleasant group of school children to pass through the doors of the NEAq in many, many years. I was amazed by their orderly and quiet behavior. You would never have known that there were that many children in the building.
Please congratulate the children, first and foremost, the teachers/chaperones and just as importantly, the parents of those wonderful students. God bless them; they did you proud! Please also know that they would be most welcome to come again.
John C. Masterson