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posted Oct 1, 2015, 10:41 AM by Doreen Dedrick   [ updated Oct 1, 2015, 10:54 AM ]
[October 1, 2015] Did you know that Thomas Alva Edison holds the record for the most US patents awarded? (He received a whopping 1,093.)

Thanks to a September 30 PTA-sponsored visit by Edison himself, Viola Elementary School third-, fourth- and fifth-graders discovered how he did it. With practical jokes, student assistants and even a sing-along, the world-famous inventor shared his four life lessons:

  1. Work hard and play hard
  2. There are no mistakes...as long as you learn from them

  3. Look at your problem from a different angle

  4. Find something you love to do and do it all your life


Principal Christine Druss explained that the presentation served two key purposes.


“Our fifth-graders have already researched Thomas Edison and know a great deal about his life and accomplishments,” explained Principal Christine Druss. “But he also represents the personal attributes that we emphasize at each of these grade levels: determination, grit and leadership. Through the Expeditionary Learning modules, students have studied these traits as exemplified by historical and political leaders. This assembly gave us an opportunity to show them that the are the character attributes of great inventors and engineers, too.”


Photo caption:  Thomas Alva Edison shared some of his bright ideas with Viola Elementary School students on September 30.