On Tuesday, November 20, sixth graders from Snyder-Girotti Elementary School participated on a walking tour of Bristol Borough using the “Tour Bristol” podcast, created by the Bristol Cultural and Historical Foundation. The questions from the walking tour were developed by their Social Studies Teacher, Mr. James Esposito. Students were able to use the tour to get a better understanding of the local geography and history of their town. “The walking tour podcast allows students to really get a feel for the history of our town and how the town has changed over the last 337 years. Since the course of study in sixth grade is Geography, the walking tour allows me to show the students how geography plays a major role in our town’s history,” said Mr. Esposito, a teacher in the district for seventeen years.
Esposito says the the entire tour takes about two hours to complete.“Afterwards, we meet in small groups and discuss some of the characteristics of Bristol that are important to its history and its developing economy.”
This is the second year the sixth graders participated in the walking tour. Sometimes, residents of the homes and buildings come out and add to the experience. For example, last year the Louis and Cissi Quattrocchi saw the tour and came out to welcome the students and even answered questions about their historic home. “The kids really enjoyed seeing who lived there today and how proud they were to live in such a historic home.”
“The podcast tour is such a great resource to have, said Esposito. Harold and Carol Mitchener, the Bristol Cultural and Historical Foundation, as well as the Grundy Foundation did such a wonderful job in creating such a quality informational resource that can be enjoyed by generations of Bristolians, as well as visitors to the borough. My hope is that the students share this experience with their families and encourages them to go back and take the tour again with their families.”