History of Fulton lives on, thanks to GRB students


Fulton’s tagline once was “the city with a future.”
 
The community flourished and citizens were proud of their surroundings. While that heart of Fulton may seem lost to some people over the past few decades, Fulton City School District students have teamed up with the Wisdom Thinkers Network to re-ignite that passion for an even brighter future.
 
Under the guidance of Ralph Singh, CEO and chairman of the Wisdom Thinkers Network, GRB English teacher Ami LaDuc and GRB English Department chairwoman Danielle Florio, several GRB students recently shared their oral history presentations on the City of Fulton. The event featured food donated by the Blue Moon Bistro that was offered during a community meal, which also symbolized family as Fultonians from various generations shared stories around tables in the Fulton Junior High School cafeteria.
 
FCSD Executive Director of Instruction and Assessment Elizabeth Conners commended the students for their hard work throughout the six-month project. By interviewing multiple Fultonians to gain various rich perspectives of the city’s history, the students found themselves reconnecting with the city’s wonderful past.
 
Community members, parents, teachers and other guests intensely listened to short clips of student interviews, followed by student reactions to the entire process. Mallori Kitts said her favorite part about the interviews was gaining different generational perspectives, while Meredith Grimshaw said she gained a better sense of community. All of the interviews will live on the New York Heritage Digital Collections website, nyheritage.org, so Fulton will always be known as the city with a future and the city that never lost its roots.
 
Several sophomores also detailed how they will work toward making Fulton a better place, including hosting a clothing drive, spreading local business awareness, bird preservation and social justice initiatives, among many other topics.
 
As attendees enjoyed dessert, they participated in a small group activity about recalling commonalities of the people and places in Fulton. Additional highlights of the night include guest speaker Tim Conners, son of Elizabeth Conners, who said it was Fulton’s community spirit which helped him regain strength and hope after he was diagnosed with Leukemia and lost his vision.
 
Singh then awarded certificates of recognition to the students and teachers involved in making the oral history project possible.


GRB English teacher Danielle Florio praises her English 10Honors
students for community service projects they initiated as part of an
oral history presentation made possible by a partnership between
the Fulton City School District and the Wisdom Thinkers Network.