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Blogging On History, Science, and Education

Hooray for Napa Valley

Pat Alexander, director of education at the Napa Valley Museum (in California), leads a project called “Museum In the Classroom” that she is rightfully proud of . It brings schoolchildren into the museum and follows through with projects that involve reading, writing, history and the arts.
In a note to me she says, “I just met with the director of the Napa Valley Lincoln Theater (large performing Arts venue in the valley) and she started a writing project last year called “Hear our Voices.” As part of a Heritage project, the director worked with the school district for all 3rd, 4th and 5th grade classes. Each child interviewed a member of her family and wrote a single page story. The director then published the stories (complete with an ISBN number) and had the kids do book signings at our local bookstore. The children were so thrilled, inspired and eager to write more that our entire district has adopted the project and writing has become an integral part of daily life at school!”
My response: I’m lifting a glass of Napa Valley wine in a toast.
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