As another blueberry season comes to a close, we are pleased to reflect on the accomplishments of the 2017 Blueberry Harvest School (BHS), which serves migrant children and youth. Under the theme of “Learning from Each Other,” students were guided through a project-based curriculum that explored ideas like storytelling, identity, and community. Students carried out projects that reflected on their personal lives, their communities, and the world at large. Through these projects, students reflected on both the joys and challenges of life in a migrant farmworker family. Our collaboration with the Maine Outdoor School also gave students the opportunity to connect the human environment with the natural one and to explore their own relationship with nature.
With the goal of preventing summer learning loss as students move with the harvests, BHS students received comprehensive literacy screenings on their first day of class to ensure their success throughout the program. We were happy to offer individualized tutoring and support for students including English as a Second Language, math, reading, and writing. These services were offered not only at the Blueberry Harvest School but also to students who were unable to attend school. Some highlights from our out-of-school activities with the Migrant Education Program include sexual education workshops, college readiness help, English tutoring, free books, and literacy support. The Blueberry Harvest School also collaborated with the Maine Mobile Health Program to provide free dental screenings, cleanings, and other treatments to 17 children this summer.
Students participated in weekly field trips to compliment what they learned inside the classroom. These trips took students all over Downeast Maine, including to Roque Bluffs State Park, the University of Maine at Machias, the Maine Discovery Museum in Bangor and the Charlotte Rhoades Butterfly Garden in Southwest Harbor. Have a look at our photostream below to see some highlights from classroom projects, parent’s night, and field trips: