Mano en Mano is running the Blueberry Harvest School for a second year, a “pop-up” education program that serves the families that harvest our food. It is a three-week school for migrant children funded by the Maine Migrant Education Program. We are delighted to have Dan Qualls, Assistant Professor of Education at UMM, join our leadership team to better support our teaching staff as they implement a project-based curriculum which incorporates subjects such as math, reading, writing, arts and social sciences around a scientific inquiry. Our weekly themes include Coastal Ecology, Sustainable Marine Food Systems, and Sustainable Agricultural Food Systems. Returning members of the leadership team include Ian Yaffe , Susan Meserve as principal, and Jenn Brown as Director of Student & Family Services.
In addition to learning out of our “home-base” at Harrington Elementary School, we will be visiting local experts such as the folks at Schoodic Institute, visiting local diversified farms, and going out on a fishing vessel. And we will use local experts to enhance our learning, such as the touch tank from Downeast Institute, and teachers from the Allied Whale Project and Downeast Salmon Federation. Some of our teachers may include Dorothy, a sweet elder nanny goat, some friendly chickens, and those critters we encounter at the coast, in the touch tank, or while on the farm or fishing boat.
And this year our amazing kitchen staff, headed by Libby Joyce, is going to be using more local and healthy food. Students will receive three meals per day as part of the USDA Summer Food Service Program: breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack. So it is going to be pretty exciting here in August with a diverse and experienced staff, and a host of energetic students. Stay tuned for more news of the Blueberry Harvest School during the next few weeks! Our first day is Monday, August 4th.
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).
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