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The recording of this interview was found at Talking History (The Stelton Modern School)

Bill Giacoloni was a former student of the Stelton Modern School, and speaks on his educational experience.

Bill Giacoloni:
All the time I was there I had a wonderful time. It was a great place to be. I remember exactly how it looked, room by room. I could draw a picture of it, the inside and the outside. There was a man-made pool on the acreage. When I say man-made, they dammed up a brook that went through the Ambros brook. We used to swim there as children and we used to ice skate there. We used to ice skate on lake Nelson, which was just a half a mile away. We used to go on nature walks; we would sometimes attend classes, in the nice weather, outside where the teacher would just talk about whatever they were talking about, maybe something in nature. Or we would sing songs, each one had either a tambourine or a symbol or a drum or something and we would accompany them. This is the way the morning started: we would arrive in the auditorium, collect in the auditorium, I dont remember the time maybe it was eight o'clock maybe it was nine o'clock and in many cases, somebody played the piano and we would sign songs and welcome each other, and we would play little games, and then the last thing we would do, which we called snail, we would sing a goodbye song and go into this intertwining snail and come out of it and then go to our classroom. I say classroom and thats not exactly true, we would go wherever we wanted. We would go to the carpenter shop or the print shop where we would set our own type and print our own woodblocks or whatever it is what we were doing. And every once a year we would put together a children's book, which we all printed. There was the metal shop; the weaving shop where they had three beautiful looms with treadles and shuttles. There was the art shop, there was the library, and there was the great outdoors.


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