Watertown Elementary School construction includes a new 800-student dining room and kitchen area that will serve as a central point for a connector between the two current buildings. The existing gym will be expanded to full size.
Construction took place outside the school’s library, which birthed the idea for the books. Current second graders were first graders when they wrote “ABC Construction Site,” while current third graders were second graders when they wrote, “Read, Write Construction Site.”
The books feature the students’ perspectives about the equipment and their function in construction.
Watertown Elementary School librarian Kathy Gallagher said about 200 students contributed to the books.
“They would come in here and see it. We would talk about the equipment,” Gallagher said. “They can now tell you all of this equipment when they look out there. It’s amazing what we all learned.”
The students gave copies of the books to district leaders and the Wilson County school board, as well as construction workers on site.
“It’s something they’ll always remember. It’s like they had a part in it, as well,” said principal Anita Christian.
Gallagher said students worked on the books after Christmas break until spring break during the prior school year.
The books are available to buy at the school for $25 each.