WHAT IS HILLTOWN FAMILIES?
Hilltown Families believes in creating resilient and sustainable communities by developing and strengthening a sense of place in our children and citizens through community based education and engagement. We work to accomplish this by highlighting the embedded learning that is found everywhere in our communities, making the information accessible to families, and giving parents/educators access to opportunities that supports their children’s interests and education while encouraging community engagement. We do this by connecting, collaborating, and creating community building events, community based educational opportunities, and community service learning experiences.
Founded in 2005 by Sienna Wildfield, Hilltown Families is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, serving thousands of families living throughout western Massachusetts. Through an online grassroots communication network, Hilltown Families connects people and organizations in the widespread communities of western Massachusetts by helping area residents share ideas, organize activities, support their children’s education and increase participation in community life.
See this TEDx Talk, Supporting Education Through Community Engagement, where Hilltown Families founder, Sienna Wildfield, shares the story behind the vision and mission of Hilltown Families:
Hilltown Families aim is to reflect the positive work and educational efforts activists, families, teachers, artists and civic leaders work towards and accomplish in our region, and how that affects, supports and empowers our families/community.
Our list of Weekly Suggested Events strengthens community by sharing educational resources, community events and service learning experiences throughout Western MA. Our easy and open online forums promote activities that enrich our childrens’ education, serving a wide variety of educational settings including public, private, after-school and home-school programs.
Among the many other ways that families can connect through Hilltown Families:
THE FOLKS BEHIND THE SCENES
Sienna Wildfield, Founder/Executive Director
Sienna is the Founder and Executive Director of Hilltown Families, Inc. and lives in the Hilltowns with her family, chickens, and gardens. Sienna is a board member of the Hilltown CDC and the Executive Producer of the Hilltown Family Variety Show (WXOJ 103.3 FM Northampton). [LinkedIn] firstname.lastname@example.org
Robin Morgan Huntley, MEd., Community-Based Education Correspondent
A native to Maine, Robin joined Hilltown Families in early 2011. She is a graduate of Antioch University with a masters in education. Her interests within the field of education include policy and all types of nontraditional education. For her undergraduate project at Hampshire College, Robin researched the importance of connecting public schools with their surrounding communities, especially in rural areas. Robin lives and teaches 5th grade in the Hilltowns of Western MA.
Hannah Wilk, Intern
Hannah was raised in Connecticut and moved to western Massachusetts in 2009 to attend Hampshire College. There she studied ecology and wrote her senior thesis on independent nature education for college students on the Hampshire campus. Hannah joined Hilltown Families in May 2013 and is interested in natural history and environmental education, especially through nature centers and museums. She currently lives in Northampton, MA.
Sabrina Montenigro, Intern
Sabrina grew up in Montclair, New Jersey, but quickly put down roots in Northampton, MA after arriving at Smith College in the fall of 2009. At Smith, she studied American history and education, and completed a concentration in museum studies, through which she researched and blogged about the social factors that shape museum visitors’ experiences. She is particularly interested in creating and supporting events that offer participants a sense of ownership and belonging within museums and other cultural institutions.
Leah Letourneau, Sustainability Bulletin Board Manager
Leah has always called Western Mass home and chose to stay in the area to attend Mount Holyoke College where she studied Environmental Studies and Politics. She currently works for The Center for Ecological Technology (CET), an environmental non-profit in Florence. She is also a graduate student at Elms College pursuing her Master of Arts in Teaching and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies for licensure as a Reading Specialist. She currently lives in Easthampton, MA, and is passionate about working to expand environmental education curricula in public schools.
Hilltown Families warmly welcomes writings that reflect the positive work and educational efforts teachers, parents and community members work toward while sharing how that affects, supports and empowers our community and families. HF also welcomes the voices of parent’s surviving the struggles and challenges of parenthood, and their experiences here in western Massachusetts. Submissions of art and photography are welcomed too. Check out our contributing writer/artists and find out how you can join our team!
Hilltown Families supports the development of our local economy and has sponsorship and advertising opportunities available. Local businesses, individuals, schools, etc., can advertise their event, camp, workshop, fundraiser, business or announcement on our list of Weekly Suggested Events and weekly eNewsletter. Join our team of sponsors and have your message shared with thousands of families living throughout the region while supporting the work of Hilltown Families.
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