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Sharp Preschoolers Show Maley 'Our Town'

Students in Amy Hoffman's preschool class at Thomas Sharp gave the mayor a tour of their Collingswood diorama. A public display of their efforts is in the works.

Collingswood never looked so good.

Preschoolers in Amy Hoffmann's class at Thomas Sharp School constructed a diorama of the borough as a long-form project, and then navigated Mayor James Maley on a virtual tour through its streets.

The children quizzed Maley about the locations they had constructed, offering clues about their buildings and then waiting to see if he guessed correctly, said Cassandra Duffey, Collingswood's director of community development.

The mayor then held a question-and-answer session with the kids, and made them all official deputy mayors, "complete with badge!" Duffey said.

Plans are in the works to give the "Our Town" project a larger stage elsewhere within the borough. Whether that'll be at the Collingswood Community Center, Borough Hall or a pop-up gallery downtown has yet to be determined—so stay tuned for details!

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