Hilltop hosts classroom visits, talent show

MT LAUREL – Hilltop Montessori School students recently showed off what they have been learning in their classrooms—and their individual skills.

The school hosted its annual Grandparents/Special Friends Day on Friday, March 23, but this year the day also included a talent show.

“It’s a good opportunity for them to showcase what they’re doing for their grandparents,” Head of School Michele Wilensky said.

The school held a talent show in its previous location, but the construction of a multipurpose facility on campus allowed the school to reinstate the show, Wilensky said.

The talent show helps build confidence, she said, and the younger students have the opportunity to see older students demonstrate their talents.

About 35 students performed in the talent show, with performances ranging from piano and cello to break dancing and Tae Kwon Do.

Hilltop student Willa Rose Akins served as the emcee.

Harrison Salter was one of the 22 children in Roopa Nash’s pre-kindergarten class that welcomed visitors into the classroom.

Salter showed grandparents Karen and David Kennessey what he has learned about Peru, a soundbox students use to match objects with letters, how he is learning subtraction and his knowledge of state capitals.

“I have a brother named Austin,” Salter said about the capital of Texas.

Nash said students thought long and hard about what to show to their grandparents and special friends.

“It’s my favorite day,” she said.