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Maine Migrant Education Program Staff - 2013

Maine Migrant Education Program Staff – 2013

The Blueberry Harvest School (BHS) is a three-week educational program for migrant students ages 3-13 that is hosted by Mano en Mano and designed to reinforce student learning in fun and active ways. The teaching format of the program provides innovative and hands-on activities that are interdisciplinary and engaging. At its core, the BHS is built around the needs of migrant students and the challenge that mobility poses to their educational success. The program includes academic project-based learning, art, culture, physical education, and several field trips.

Students hold a starfish from the a touch tank brought by the Downeast Institute.

Students hold a starfish from the a touch tank brought by the Downeast Institute (2013).

By attending the Blueberry Harvest School, students will not only learn about our community in Maine, but the themes and techniques utilized will also help students foster a love of learning. Our experiential format will develop students’ appreciation of the natural environment and prevent summer learning loss.

Each day, students will be provided with two nutritious meals (breakfast and lunch) as well as an afternoon snack. Transportation is provided from the blueberry barrens and surrounding towns directly to the school. On Wednesdays, students will have the opportunity to swim at the University of Maine at Machias and on Fridays, students will participate in a field trip related to the curriculum and that week’s theme. Our three themes for this summer are: Coastal Ecology, Sustainable Food Systems, and Sustainable Fisheries.

The school will run daily (Monday-Friday) starting on Monday, August 4 and closing on Friday, August 22, 2014. If you have any questions about the Blueberry Harvest School, please call our main number at (207) 546-3006 or one of the staff members listed below.

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Program Purpose: The Blueberry Harvest School is a hands-on, student-centered, educational summer program for the eligible children (ages 3-13) of migratory workers as certified by the Maine Migrant Education Program during the blueberry harvest in Washington County. The program lasts approximately three to four weeks and is conducted in accordance with Title 1, Part C, Sections 1301-1309 of the No Child Left Behind Act; 34 CFR, Parts 200.81-200.89; Maine Migrant Education Program’s Service Delivery Plan; and Education Evolving: Maine’s Plan for Putting Learners First (Maine Department of Education’s Strategic Plan). The Blueberry Harvest School delivers services that will address the challenging aspects of the families’ migrant lifestyles and foster self-esteem, competence, and independence among all students. It is designed to ensure that each child enrolled in the program receives full and appropriate opportunities to meet the same challenging State academic content and achievement standards that all children are expected to meet.

Migrant Education Program: The primary purpose of the Migrant Education Program is to ensure that ALL migrant students reach challenging academic standards and graduate with a high school diploma (or equivalency) that prepares them for responsible citizenship, further learning, and productive employment. This project is funded by the Maine Migrant Education Program.