Miss Connecticut spent time with third graders today at Westover Elementary school.
Stamford native Kaitlyn Tarpey visited the school to celebrate all things Connecticut.
"Our kids are learning about Connecticut in social studies. She's Miss CT, so it just worked out perfectly that she could come talk to them about her charity work and everything that she's doing for the state of CT."
Cummings is also Tarpey's Irish Dance teacher and talent coach who choreographed her routine for the Miss America pageant. Cummings was in the audience when Tarpey performed the dance live as a top ten finalist.
"I think at one point, the camera cuts over to me and I just have the biggest smile on my face so yes, I've always been proud of her," said Cummings.
The students honored Tarpey with an Irish dance and other presentations.
"They made pictures of me. They put my head on wonder woman's body and said my eyes were as majestically blue as the Long Island Sound because they've been studying similes. So it was just really touching and this is definitely one of the highlights of my year," said Kaitlyn Tarpey.
Tarpey also shared an important message with the students.
"That the importance of positivity is crucial to success and surrounding yourself with people who love you and being able to tell someone if you're feeling down or being bullied is really important," said Tarpey. "Teachers tell kids this all the time but I think when someone with a crown and sash says it, they just listen a little bit more."