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Center School Students Lay Bricks for the Future

Students lay bricks for patio as part of a math project.

fifth-graders applied math lessons to the real world this spring by laying bricks that will serve as a foundation for picnic benches near the detached campus buildings at the rear of the school property.

Students in Thomas Prefontaine's class planned for and then laid out four six-feet by eight-feet brick patios at the school a few weeks ago. 

The students figured out exactly how big each brick should be, how to lay them out so they would fit perfectly and how much they could spend on materials.

Several parents participated in laying bricks. The students received donations from about 15 community businesses, and parents held fundraisers to help them pay for the project. Each brick has the names of students in the class engraved on them.

"This was pretty awesome because we got to see all of our hard work pay off," said fifth-grader Molly Sastram.

Prefontaine, who also works as a mason, said he'd like to thank community businesses and parents who helped make the project a reality. He especially thanked Fernandes Paving and Trucking of Bridgeport which donated trucks and an excavator. 

Oxford mom June 19, 2012 at 12:48 PM
Great work you guys!!!!! Good luck to all the fifth graders going on to middle school
Marie Kashuba June 19, 2012 at 01:27 PM
Wow - what a great job by the students, their teacher & the parents! Very impressive!!!!!
Tom Prefontaine June 19, 2012 at 11:35 PM
I am so proud of my students for all of their hard work with this project. Not only with the actual construction of the patios, but the 2 weeks of math work that was involved in preparing for the patios. It really was spectacular to hear them using math while they were building. Thank you to all of the businesses that contributed prizes for family math night which helped raise money for materials and the fantastic parents that helped and supported us. Oxford truly is a spectacular place to work. Tom Prefontaine
Paul Singley June 20, 2012 at 02:20 AM
Tom: This is a great program and shows the quality education students are afforded in Oxford. Great job. (Sorry it took me so long to post it :)
Patty Tuttle June 20, 2012 at 05:10 PM
awesome job done by Mr. Prefontaine and his 5th grade crew!!! looks amazing!!

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