Pot Spring Elementary students explore India through research, presentations, performances


This spring, students at Pot Spring Elementary got a taste of India from within the walls of their Timonium school. It's all thanks to a class project, a few generous parents and two talented student performers.

For the past two months, Pot Spring's grade 1 students used materials provided by Towson University to gather facts about India. Students used the information to write books about the country based on topics of interest to them. During that writing process, teachers Michelle Doyle and Margot Clark-Williams realized the students could benefit from learning not just facts about India, but also personal experiences from the country.

"We wanted to finish this study with parent experts to clear up any lingering questions the children developed during the project," said Doyle.

With the help of two parents, they did just that. Kasi Chinta and Diane Jagroop are natives of India and parents of students at the school. At the request of Doyle and Clarke-Williams, they developed a presentation on their native country based on student-submitted questions, and gave the presentation to the entire first grade this May. Topics addressed ranged from how Indian children get their names, to what animals are likely to be seen on the streets of India.

Following the presentation, Pot Spring Elementary students Leah Jagroop (grade 2) and Ariel Steward (grade 5) presented a native Indian dance. The girls dressed in traditional clothing and performed with the help of Diane Jagroop, their family member.

Story by Pamela Gorsuch, Office of Communications. Photos by Ray Martens and Michelle Doyle, Pot Spring Elementary School.
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