The following was provided by The Freedom Trail Foundation:
“Lobsterbacks, go home! Lobsterbacks, go home!” chants will be heard from down the hall as Lynnfield Middle School fifth grade students take on roles during their Freedom Trail® Foundation Scholars program on Thursday, February 28 at 9:35 a.m., 11:45 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. at 505 Main Street. Presented by the Massachusetts Teachers Association in partnership with the Freedom Trail Foundation, this interactive history program helps educate school children in and around Boston and throughout Massachusetts.
The Freedom Trail Scholars program takes our nation’s history and fight for freedom to the classroom and has impacted the lives of over 13,000 students. The program provides a one-hour traveling class consisting of two actors taking on multiple roles to bring the major events of the American Revolution in Boston to life. The program incorporates students into the program, letting them interact with the performers, read portions of important documents and declarations, and react to the historic events. A question-and-answer session follows each presentation. Educators also have access to the Freedom Trail Scholars resource guide, which includes lesson plans and quizzes to help evaluate the effectiveness of the program. Designed to match Massachusetts’ curriculum standards, it is an effective and fun way to help students learn and remember our history.
Kelly Green, a teacher at the James F. Condon School in Boston said of the program last year, “The students who saw the performance loved it! It was very lively, engaging, and fun! All three topics (Boston Massacre, Tea Party, Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride) were seamlessly covered. I would enthusiastically recommend this to another teacher. Thank you very much!”
Thanks to the Massachusetts Teachers Association and the Foundation, the Scholars program will make many exciting visits during the 2012–2013 school year. Additional support comes from John Hancock Financial and the Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati for the program, and Distrigas of Massachusetts, which supports City of Everett Public School visits. Organizations and companies are encouraged to sponsor Scholars program visits to schools in the communities they serve.
For additional information regarding the Scholars program, including school visits and community support, please call The Freedom Trail Foundation’s Angie Jepson Marks, Scholars Program Director, at (617) 357–8300, extension 203, or contact her by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.