2005-03-25 / Community

Museum Visits PS 43 For Project MORE

Steve Yaeger of the Rockaway Museum Education Committee visited Ms. Midura’s first grade class, 1-121, at PS 43. Wife, Judy, who was the official photographer for the session, accompanied Yaeger. Mrs. Ellis, who teaches art at the school, contacted the Museum upon hearing of its educational programs, specifically Project MORE (Museum Outreach to Rockaway Education). Yaeger’s topic for this class was “Seashells on the Rockaway Seashore.” “A beautiful sign, and some of the brightest faces I’ve seen in a long time,” welcomed Yaeger and his wife. Yaeger said, “As soon as I started to talk to the kids there was a contest as to who would speak first. The kids were full of questions and comments; so much so that I ran a bit overtime trying to keep up with answering them.” He has been giving his series of lectures combining science or history and art over a period of many years. The classes that he has visited included kindergarten through ninth grade; keeping each presentation on grade level. He begins by introducing the topic followed by a simple drawing lesson related to the subject matter. The success of these presentations has been evident in the faces of the children and their many questions concerning the topic at hand. Project MORE is designed to bring the expertise and resources of the Museum to our school children. Project MORE presentations are conducted by licensed and certified teacher, retired and active, and can be arranged by contacting the Rockaway Museum at therockawaymuseum@yahoo.com .

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