January 10, 2017 at 12:02 pm (Hilltown Families, Suggested Activity, Supplement, Volunteer Opportunity)
Tags: civic engagement, Learning Ahead 19, Learning Ahead Seasons Jan Feb, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Sense of Place, Service Based Learning
Community Service Opportunities in Western Massachusetts
Follow King’s model by helping to create a more resilient, dynamic, diverse, and compassionate community in Western Massachusetts through meaningful community-based service. The MLK Day of Service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, creates solutions to social problems, and moves us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a beloved community. The www.nationalservice.gov/mlkday website is a great resource for learning more about this national service and Martin Luther King Jr.’s commitment to civic engagement and social change.
There are many service-based learning opportunities that honor Dr. King’s work and lasting impact on our country. You can check our list of Weekly Suggested Events for service-based learning events this year or contact local community colleges, animal shelters, land trusts, and food banks to learn about opportunities for community service on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Also check online at www.allforgood.org.
Here is a short list of local non-profits and organizations that value volunteer work: Read the rest of this entry »
January 9, 2017 at 12:00 pm (Hilltown Families, Literary Guides, Reading Lists)
Tags: Biography, change-makers, Children's Literature, citizenship, civic engagement, Civil Rights Movement, Democracy, dissent, Jr. Day, Martin Luther King, politics, Robert Shetterly, truth tellers
Literary Guide for Robert Shetterly’s “Americans Who Tell the Truth”
Download the Literary Guide for Robert Shetterly’s Americans Who Tell the Truth.
The product of an ongoing art project promoting civic engagement and community involvement, Robert Shetterly’s Americans Who Tell the Truth is a book filled with biographical portraits, with information presented both visually and within the text. The project, from which the book’s contents are drawn, pairs beautifully painted images with poignant quotes highlighting the historical and cultural significance of each person featured.
Shetterly, a children’s book illustrator from Maine, has been touring Americans Who Tell the Truth as an exhibit since 2003, and the project has continued to grow over the years. Centered around Shetterly’s belief in the importance of dissent in democracy, the artist’s goal was to share the themes of community sustainability, obligation to citizenship, and the importance of truth in politics and the media. Read the rest of this entry »
January 2, 2013 at 6:00 am (Resources, Suggested Activity)
Tags: central Massachusetts, civic engagement, clean water act, Community Based Education, Curriculum, Environment, environmental activisim, environmental science, History, Marion Stoddart, Massachusetts Clean Water Act, merrimack river, river conservation, study guide, The Work of 1000
The Work of 1,000
Screening at Wistariahurst Museum
Thursday, Jan 10th, 6:30pm
“This film provides unique learning opportunities and will enhance interest in the environmental science and engineering fields and leadership development for all.” — Larisa Schelkin, Executive Director of the DOME Foundation
Rivers are a vital part of our ecosystems, and have played a crucial role in much of industrial history. Rivers have provided a means of transportation and a way of moving goods, have powered mills and helped to provide hydroelectric power, and their watersheds help to nourish farmland that provides nutritive food to our community. Historically, however, our rivers have not been treated with as much respect and reverence as they should have been. They have been re-routed and polluted, and we have built to the very edges of their banks with bridges, factories, and parking lots.
The Trustees of Reservations is providing a valuable way for families and students to learn about the history of the Nashua River, a beautiful, healthy, once-polluted tributary of the Merrimack River. The Trustees will screen, The Work of 1000, at the Wistariahurst Museum in Holyoke at 6:30pm on January 10th, 2013.
The Nashua River was once filled with dyes and other byproducts from the manufacture of fabrics, but today – thanks to enormous community efforts – the river is clean and there are new laws and regulations that require proper treatment of rivers. Environmental advocate, housewife and mother, Marion Stoddart, along with other dedicated Massachusetts citizens, fought to help restore the river during the mid-1960’s, and helped to create the Massachusetts Clean Water Act.
The 30-minute screening of The Work of 1000 can supplement students’ studies of conservation, environmental science, New England history, and more. Pair the screening with a reading of Lynne Cherry’s book, A River Ran Wild: An Environmental History, which tells a story of the natural and human-impacted history of the Nashua River and it’s restoration and renewal. Though it is a picture book, the topic is sophisticated enough that even slightly older students can appreciate and learn from it.
For educational guides to accompany this screening, download this Study Guide (pdf, 2 pages) and Teacher Curriculum Guide Grades 7-9 (pdf, 6 pages). More learning resources, along with information on how to bring a screening of The Work of 1000 to your community, can be found at www.workof1000.org.
Further information on the screening at the Wistariahurst Museum can be found at wistariahurst.org. The screening is free and open to the public. The Wistariahurst Museum is located at 238 Cabot Street in Holyoke, MA.