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Exploring the Lighthouse

            ...The Program

            own community, we wanted to provide an opportunity for them to visit
            Sheringham Point Lighthouse, to learn about its history and operations,
            to appreciate its significance and understand why it is being conserved.  It
            was also our hope to inspire them – and, through them, their families and
            friends – to take a personal interest in further exploring their community
            and helping to protect the future of the Lighthouse.

            We developed a short program, called “Exploring the Lighthouse”.  This has
            several parts:
            1.  History and Operations – we provide a short presentation outlining
               the history of the Lighthouse, and also talk about how lighthouses
               work, and their role in maritime safety and community development.
            2.  Visit to the Lighthouse – the students visit the Lighthouse to see first-
               hand what it’s all about, and to experience its remarkable character
               and ambience.
            3.  Reflections – we ask the students to creatively express their impres-  Thumbs up for the visit to the Lighthouse.
               sions of the Lighthouse site by:
                   •   Taking photographs while they are at the site, focusing on the
                       features that capture their attention/imagination.
                   •   Writing and illustrating a story (either fictional or non-fic-
                       tion) about a Lighthouse.
            4.  Commemorative Book - we compiled the students’ photographs,
               stories and art work into this commemmorative book, which is being   It is the Society’s hope that we will be able to find the resources to make
               provided on-line to all of the children, their families and the whole   this project an annual event, and to include all the schools in the local
               school community.                                                area.

                  Sheringham Point Lighthouse Preservation Society                                                                           Page 6
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