Tina McCoy, Superintendent
43 Harriman Hill Road
Raymond, NH 03077
For Immediate Release
Thursday, May 2, 2019
Media Contact: Jessica Sacco
Email: [email protected]
Raymond Students Make Maple Syrup for Grandparent Breakfast
RAYMOND —Second grade students at Lamprey River Elementary School shared a sweet treat with their families this April at the fourth annual Grandparent Breakfast.
The Grandparent Breakfast was held on Wednesday, April 17 in the Lamprey River Elementary School cafeteria. Staff at the school prepared pancakes with real maple syrup, made by students, for the breakfast. Juice, coffee, tea and fresh fruit were also served. Approximately 70 grandparents and family members attended the event.
Students tapped 15 trees this spring on the school’s nature trail during a maple sugaring science unit. Five classrooms took part in the project, and each classroom was assigned three trees to collect and measure sap from.
Second graders collected sap every few days in cups, kept notes on the weather and stored the sap. They also went on a field trip to Charmingfare Farm to visit the sugar shack, where they were able to see sap being boiled in an evaporator and learn about the production process.
The Smalls, a local family, boiled the sap for the maple sugaring project, turning it into maple syrup. In previous years, former Town Manager Craig Wheeler boiled the sap.
Students presented information from their sugaring studies at the Grandparent Breakfast, including how to tap a tree, collect and boil sap. In honor of April being National Poetry Month, students also ended the breakfast with a poem for their grandparents.
“This project is always a favorite among students and their families,” said Principal Laura Yacek. “It allows students to learn more about maple sugaring from a scientific lens, right in our backyard. Thank you to the Small family for boiling the sap this year and helping us carry on this fun annual event.”