For one hour Tuesday morning, famous women roamed the halls of Miller-Driscoll Elementary School, visiting classrooms to bring history to life, through stories and presentations on the 20th annual Women in History Day. Organized each year by the M-D PTA, more than 40 volunteers bring important women of the past and present to life in a lesson that uniquely sticks with Wilton’s youngest learners.
A few of the famous “she-roes” who visited were the Statue of Liberty, Susan B. Anthony, Sandra Day O’Connor, Jane Goodall, Billy Jean King and local Revolutionary War hero Sybil Ludington. There was also Malala Yousafzai, Golda Meir, Sally Ride, Georgia O’Keefe, Sacagawea, Mia Hamm and more. The children always look forward to the Q&A session and some popular questions they ask each year are, “Are you alive or dead?” and, “How did you die?”
This year, a organizers say a special thanks goes to a number of women who returned to volunteer despite having no children enrolled as students at M-D, as well as to Lesley Keough from the Children’s Library at the Wilton Library. The event would not be possible without the organizational know-how of co-chairs Amanda Mitchell, Hillary Jackson, Megan Morris and Sarah O’Malley–who give thanks themselves to M-D librarian Maureen Clancy and the library staff who host of the event, as well as to the PTA.
Anyone interested in volunteering at Women in History Day next year, please contact Sarah O’Malley via email.