"Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" now is inscribed where the and PTO hope to see Sharon's bright future inspired often.
The school's new Poet's Corner was dedicated Monday outside and to the right of the front office. The space was funded by PTO brick sales reviving the group's school beautification project after several years of dormancy, said Barry Fritz, who led the latest effort.
"Twinkle, twinkle, little star" is inscribed on the Poet's Corner's new granite bench. Monday, several students took turns reading verses from Jane Taylor's original, 1806 version, which Fritz found. Other students performed the song on their instruments.
"The Poet's Corner can now fulfill its goal of being an inviting place for people to come and enjoy," Fritz said.
"It is also forever linked to the past, with the inscription on the bench, 'Twinkle, twinkle, little star,' and the gold star in the middle of the ground."
Fritz said all Cottage teachers will receive Taylor's poem "to use in their classrooms as a learning experience."
"We look forward to seeing all the Cougars at Cottage -- students, staff and family -- use this space," he said.
Principal Kevin Madden does, too.
"I don't want it to be a place where we just look and we say, 'Wow! That's a really pretty space,'" Madden said.
Reading poetry, practicing instruments and doing homework are some of the uses that students suggested to Madden on Monday.
"There are a lot of reasons and a lot of ways that you can come out here and enjoy this space," he said.
"The one thing that I hope is that we treat it like every other place in our building, with respect and kindness, and we keep it as as beautiful a place for generations to come."