Hilltown Families on Mass Appeal: Learning through the Lens of Independence Day

Hilltown Families on Mass Appeal:
Learning through the Lens of Independence Day

Hilltown Families and Mass Appeal (a weekday, hour-long lifestyle program on NBC) have teamed up to offer a live monthly segment on WWLP 22News!  Each month, community-based education specialist and Hilltown Families’ Founder, Sienna Wildfield, joins Mass Appeal hosts to talk about ways to engage in your community while supporting the interests and education of your children (and yourselves!).

This monthly segment continued on Monday, June 24, 2019 with Sienna and Danny talking about hos Independence Day can support both interests and education as well as strengthening civic pride and a sense of place.

Click on the video below to view.

  • NATIONAL HOLIDAY: Annual events that celebrate the 4th of July support learning and community values.
  • EVENTS: Look for annual events to engage in, including parades & community firework displays.
  • RESOURES: Notice what community resources support these opportunities, including main streets, town commons, parks, stadiums, and civic organizations
  • SELF-DIRECTED LEARNING: Learn about the world and national history behind fireworks and US celebrations and why we have parades and firework displays. Integrate STEM by exploring the science and chemistry behind pyrotechnics.
  • VALUES: Participating in annual events supports many community values, including civic pride, intergenerational engagement, placemaking, shared history, and sense of place.

Mass Appeal is a live weekday program that airs at 11am on 22News (Springfield, MA).

Source to Sea Clean Up: Community Service Opportunity for Families & CT River Watershed

Join Up for a Day of River Care, and Empower Your Family to Create Community Impact

Families can show their love and appreciation for the river by participating in the Connecticut River Conservancy’s annual Source to Sea Clean Up, an event that mobilizes volunteers from all over the Connecticut River watershed for a day of cleaning and caring for the river.

The Connecticut River dictates the landscape of much of western New England. Western Massachusetts’ hills and mountains provide a river- and stream-filled frame for the Connecticut River as it flows through towards Connecticut and, eventually, into the Atlantic Ocean. The Pioneer Valley’s rich farmland is a gift from the river, and delicious local food is grown and raised on the valley’s river banks. The Connecticut River is the lifeblood of our local landscape, and we depend on the many different natural features that make up its watershed for everything from swimming and hiking to healthy food and fresh water. Read the rest of this entry »

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