GSMD Welcomes Vista Heights Middle School Students!

The General Society was thrilled to welcome a group of 8th graders all the way from Vista Heights Middle School in Southern California during their visit to Plymouth on Monday, May 20, 2019. 

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The General Society was thrilled to welcome a group of 8th graders all the way from Vista Heights Middle School in Southern California during their visit to Plymouth on Monday, May 20, 2019. It was such a warm, sunny day along the waterfront, that after weeks of cold, rainy weather in Massachusetts, it's pretty clear that these California students brought the sunshine with them! 

This is the second year history teacher Aurelio Cortez has organized an educational visit between his students and GSMD. The students took in Plimoth Plantation and Cole's Hill and the Sarcophagus before making their way down to the Pilgrim Mothers of the Mayflower statue on Water Street, finishing their tour at none other than Plymouth Rock. 

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Charlie Liolios, a retired Hanson elementary school teacher and member of GSMD and Mass Mayflower, shared with the students about the statue, which was erected by the Daughters of the American Revolution in 1920 and recorded all of the adult women and girls who sailed on the Mayflower. Liolios also discussed what hardships the Pilgrim women endured and overcame as caretakers of their families in the New World.
 
Students then laid a beautiful wreath in front of the statue, in memoriam of the Mayflower women.

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Cortez's students were a bright, enthusiastic bunch, and it was an honor to meet them during their field trip around the east coast. 
 
"It's all part of our educational mission at the Society," said Susan Belekewicz, GSMD Executive Director, adding that it's wonderful to be able to welcome students from all over the country. 
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