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MAC Job

June 30, 2019

Operations director

The Maine Arts Commission position of OPERATIONS DIRECTOR will provide financial planning, policy planning, event planning, and program and operations review to assure compliance to state and federal rules and regulations, and to exchange information. Assists the Executive Director in the operations of the Maine Arts Commission and reviews, adjusts and recommends approval or disapproval of budget requests and develops budget controls and improvement methods; reviews and evaluates organization, management procedures and management reporting systems to improve efficiency; and oversees and manages events and programs, and other duties as needed.

JOB DUTIES

Develops, evaluates and ensures adherence to policies and procedures concerning Maine Arts Commission’s programs and service delivery – including data tracking and collection, reporting, and program review and assessment in order to ensure efficient delivery of quality programs and services and compliance with applicable state and federal laws, regulations, policies, procedures and performance standards.
Participates in the review of budget requests and revenue forecasts using knowledge of laws, rules, policies and programs in order to develop a budget proposal consistent with the agency’s goals and objectives and within available resources.
Receives and reviews requests, including Financial Orders, for revision to work programs using knowledge of laws, rules, policies and program objectives and available resources in order to recommend approval/disapproval actions to the Executive Director.
Reviews, analyzes and maintains records of revenues and expenditures using knowledge of accounting procedures and budgeting, to recommend corrective action when necessary.
Reviews and evaluates organizational structure and managerial procedures using knowledge of policies and management techniques in order to maximize efficiency and economy within State Government.
Assists with agency human resource management including preparation of documents and record keeping.
Manages and coordinates events and programs.
Assists with agency cultural planning process.
Other duties as assigned.

KNOWLEDGES REQUIRED FOR THIS POSITION

Knowledge of accounting and finance.
Knowledge of public sector budgeting and planning including performance management.
Knowledge of government human resource structures, policies and norms.
Ability to manage programs and events, develop project budgets, grant proposals and administer projects.
Ability to recommend policy and program initiatives.
Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
Ability to establish and maintain respectful working relationships.
Knowledge of state and federal government administrative management.
Knowledge of the functions and management of cultural organizations.
Knowledge of strategic planning and implementation.
Ability to solve problems and make recommendations.
Ability to work effectively within and to lead teams.

APPLICATION INFORMATION

Please upload a) recent resume, b) cover letter describing your interest and your skills in the context of the Job Duties, and c) copies of post-secondary transcripts. Questions about this posting can be directed to Mindy Hansen at 207-624-7430 or Melinda.Hasen@maine.gov.

BENEFITS

The value of State’s share of Employee’s Retirement: 21.17% for confidential positions. The value of State-paid Dental Insurance: $13.13 biweekly. The value* of State-paid Health Insurance:

Level 1: 100% State Contribution (employee pays nothing): $444.68 biweekly
Level 2: 95% State Contribution (employee pays 5%): $422.45 biweekly
Level 3: 90% State Contribution (employee pays 10%): $400.21 biweekly
Level 4: 85% State Contribution (employee pays 15%): $377.98 biweekly
*The level of the actual value of state paid Health Insurance will be based on the employee’s wage rate and status with regard to the health credit premium program.

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Careers in Art Series

June 30, 2019

Science, Nature and Drawing

The final workshop in the Careers in Art Series for Kids, Science, Nature & Drawing will be led by Paula Curtis-Everett at The Folk Art Studio at Fiber and Vine, 402 Main Street in Norway on Wednesday, August 14th. This workshop series aims to open pathways for kids to consider the visual arts and making as a worthwhile activity and even imagine a dream that becomes a career one day. 

Workshop Description: Exploring nature with pencil and paper is fun. Imagine finding an apple with a hole in it: Who lives in there and why? How did they get there? Or imagine finding tracks in the snow. Who made the tracks and where were they going? Draw a picture of what you have seen, then try to figure out the story. Today we will look at nature’s story, draw a sketch of what we see, and figure out what is happening. Bring your curiosity, imagination, and wonder. All other supplies will be provided.

Paula Curtis-Everett, Maine Master Naturalist, has always had a love for drawing and a curiosity for what she sees. She loves researching the “why” and “what” of what she finds in nature. Paula is a retired registered nurse who worked as a school nurse as well as a geriatric nurse.

The Western Maine Art Group, The Folk Art Studio, and Fiber & Vine have partnered to bring this workshop series to the Oxford Hills. Through a generous grant from The Norway Savings Bank, Oxford Credit Union, the Rotary Club and an anonymous donor, this final workshop will be offered at a reduced rate of $15. Workshops are currently presented for two age groups: 10 am – noon for children ages 6 – 8 and 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm for children ages 9 and up.  For this workshop, please register by August 7th. Space is limited. Materials and snacks are included. For information and registration, contact fiberandvine.com.

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Two Job Openings

June 29, 2019

317 Main Community Music Center, Yarmouth

DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS AND SPECIAL PROGRAMS

Position Summary

317 Main Community Music Center (317 Main) provides music education and enrichment activities through tuition-based programs at its studios in Yarmouth, free music education in the greater- Portland area through grant-funded partnership programs, and a variety of events, camps, and festivals throughout the year. 317 Main is looking for a music education professional to direct and lead our community partnership programs, summer camps, and other special programs including the annual HenryFest.

Position Description

The Director of Community Partnerships and Special Programs will be a key member of 317 Main’s music education administrative team and will work closely with the Director of Music Education, teaching artists, partner organizations, and the community. The specific areas of responsibility include the following:

Community Partnerships

Work with area schools, libraries, and other community service organizations to develop and implement mission-based programs that are accessible and relevant and are targeted to populations experiencing financial, geographic, and other barriers to participating in music education. These grant- and partner-funded programs are free to the students. Most students are elementary through high school age, but we also offer programming for adults and families. The key responsibilities include:

  • Work with the Director of Music Education to develop and implement program curricula that is applicable and relevant to the population(s) being served;
  • Maintain relationships with current/former partners with a focus on mission-based sustainability and compatibility;
  • Identify new community partners based on intersection of mission and opportunity;
  • Recruit/hire/train teaching artists to lead the programs;
  • Train/manage program volunteers;
  • Develop individual partner program plans that include scope, schedule, budget, and evaluation criteria;
  • Manage instrument and equipment inventory;
  • Work closely with the 317 Main Director of Music Education, Director of Development, andDirector of Marketing/Communications to support grant-writing/reporting and general communications regarding the partnership program(s);
  • Participate on the 317 Main Programming Committee; and
  • Develop annual Community Partnership Program budget and track/report on progress of the budget through the year.Summer Camps317 Main currently offers summer day-camp opportunities for children ages 6-10 (Discovery Camp) and ages 10-15 (Jam Camp). The camps are each one-week long and are designed to meet every child where they are, combining summer fun with quality music education. The Discovery Camps provide an introduction to a variety of instruments (e.g., ukulele, violin, piano, pennywhistle) and Jam Camp emphasizes ensemble play. Each session culminates in a celebratory and informal performance for family and friends. Responsibilities associated with running summer camps include:
  • Work with Director of Music Education to design annual camp structure and curricula;
  • Hire/train teaching artists and student junior counselors to teach/support camp;
  • Develop annual camp budget for approval with the Business Manager;
  • Coordinate with the Director of Marketing/Communications on the development and dissemination of marketing strategy and promotional materials; and
  • Management, oversight, and administration of all camp activities and responsibilities during each camp session.HenryFest

    Henryfest Dancing

    HenryFest is 317 Main’s annual Community Music & Dance Festival where we invite the community to come and spend the day with us at this family-friendly outdoor festival at Skyline Farm in North Yarmouth. The Festival includes a main stage for music performance, music and dance workshops designed for all ages and abilities, children’s activities, an instrument discovery tent, lawn games, local food trucks, craft beer, and homemade pie. The responsibilities for HenryFest include:

  • Developing an annual budget for HenryFest;
  • Working with the Director of Music Education to plan for and book performers for the Main Stage and workshop tents;
  • Procuring key elements of the festival infrastructure (tents, food/drink vendors, sound, etc.);
  • Recruiting/training a Volunteer Coordinator, and support the recruitment of volunteers; and
  • Management of pre-, day-of, and post-festival activities including set-up, break-down, and coordination with the owner of Skyline Farm.Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree in music education (preferred), music performance or comparable;
  • Administrative experience including budget development, program management, management of people, and other leadership skills;
  • Ability/desire to be part of a team in a fast-paced environment;
  • Computer skills include knowledge/experience with word processing, database, and other communication tools.The Director of Community Partnerships and Special Programs is a year-round, 32hr/week salaried position eligible for benefits. This position may be combined with an active schedule as a 317 Main Teaching Artist (compensated at 317 Main Teaching Artist rates)To Apply

    Please email your current resume with a cover letter to apply@317main.org. It will be helpful if your cover letter indicates how your professional interests and qualifications are a good match with the position and the 317 Main Community Music Center’s mission to encourage creative expression, personal growth, and community connection through music. To apply by mail, please send to: 317 Main Community Music Center, 317 Main Street, Yarmouth, ME 04096.

LITTLE ROOTS PROGRAM COORDINATOR Early Childhood Music Education / Part-time 

Position Summary

317 Main’s Little Roots program is an important part of the 317 Main curriculum and continuum. We are looking for an experienced and energetic early childhood education professional to coordinate the continued growth and development of 317 Main’s Little Roots program.

317 Main’s Little Roots Program Coordinator will work closely with the Director of Music Education, Little Roots teaching artists, administrative staff, and the 317 Main community to facilitate the Little Roots early childhood (ages 0-6) music education programs and services at 317 Main.

317 Main’s Little Roots curriculum combines music-making with movement, encouraging young children to feel the music in their bodies as they learn fundamental creative skills. Little Roots programs are distinctive, relevant, and consistent with 317’s friendly, fun, and accessible mission-based priorities. This welcoming approach is combined with a curricular foundation that, in a group setting, teaches children (and family members) to: sing comfortably; experience rhythm physically; and develop a dynamic and emotional relationship with the communicative power of music.

Current Little Roots offerings include Little Roots Family (all ages with caregivers), Little Roots Drum & Strum (djembe & ukulele, 3-5 yr olds), Little Roots Ukulele, Little Roots Fiddle, and Little Roots Piano classes (5 & 6 yr olds). Classes are currently offered Monday-Friday with plans to expand into Saturday and possibly into communities beyond our home base in Yarmouth.

Position Description

The Little Roots Program Coordinator has two primary functional responsibilities. The first functional responsibility is to work with the Director of Music Education to deliver a curriculum that is relevant, compelling, and consistent with the 317 Main approach to music education which:

• combines fun with quality music education
• attracts and retains families with children ages birth to 6 years old
• connects to the established program continuum beyond age 6
• has systems in place which measure the quality, consistency, and value of all of the programs and services offered and allows for continuous improvement.

The other primary area of responsibility will be to work with the Director of Music Education to:

  • mentor, coordinate training, and evaluate Little Roots teaching artists/programs
  • coordinate annual program plan for Little Roots
  • work with the Director of Marketing and Communications to develop a marketing & communications plan for the Little Roots program
  • communicate with parents and teaching artists about Little Roots program offerings
  • maintain an active schedule as a Little Roots teaching artist (compensated separately at 317 Main Teaching Artist rates)
  • plan and implement special programs and events designed to promote the Little Roots brand to the greater community
  • develop and maintain an annual budget for equipment, supplies, meetings, and training sessions, and work with the Business/Finance Director to make necessary purchases
  • be the ambassador of the Little Roots music to the communityQualifications
  • Must have passion, dedication, and experience in the field of early childhood music education
  • Must be personally engaging, friendly and want to work in a fast-paced community-oriented environment
  • Must have experience and be comfortable working with children, parents, teaching artists, and administrative staff
  • Must possess strong administrative skills and have experience developing and overseeing the implementation of program plans
  • Must be able to work as a team player in support of an organizational mission
  • Must possess good verbal and written communication skills
  • Instrumental and vocal skills are strongly preferredRequirements• Degree in Early Childhood preferred, K-5 or comparable experience considered • At least 3 years of teaching experience in an early childhood education setting • Certification/experience in Kodály, Orff, and/or First Steps in Music a plus

    The Little Roots Program Coordinator is a part-time, year-round, 16hr/week program administration position. It is designed to be combined with an active schedule as a Little Roots Teaching Artist (compensated at 317 Main Little Roots Teaching Artist rates).

    To Apply

    Please email your current resume with a cover letter to apply@317main.org. It will be helpful if your cover letter indicates how your professional interests and qualifications are a good match with the position and the 317 Main Community Music Center’s mission to: encourage creative expression, personal growth, and community connection through music. To apply by mail, please send to: 317 Main Community Music Center, 317 Main Street, Yarmouth, ME 04096.

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Research

June 28, 2019

Music and Brain

A large-scale study that took place over a long period of time shows the connections that music lessons have on improving children’s cognitive skills and academic performance. 

Dr. Artur Jaschke from VU University of Amsterdam teamed with Dr. Henkjan Honing and Dr. Erik Sherder to initiate a “long-term study on the possible effects of music education on cognitive skills that may underlie academic achievement.”

This is the first study of its type in the Netherlands. The study included 147 students in primary schools over 2 1/2 years. Their research found that “structured music lessons significantly enhance children’s cognitive abilities – particularly around inhibition, planning and verbal intelligence and therefore their academic achievement”.

If you’d like to learn more please go to the Music Education Works Blog

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Job Opening

June 27, 2019

Maine Department of Education

Regional Education Representative – Visual and Performing Arts Specialist

Office of Learning Systems

(Anticipated Vacancy)

Code: 3032                 Pay Grade: 28 – $48,547.20 – $72,737.60 annually

OPEN:  June 20, 2019

CLOSES:  July 5, 2019, 5:00 PM

PURPOSE OF ANNOUNCEMENT

The Maine Department of Education (DOE) has one (1) full-time vacancy for a visual and performing arts specialist based in Augusta with a regional assignment.

JOB DESCRIPTION

This is professional services work involving regional and statewide implementation of Maine’s education standards for visual and performing arts education PreK-12, school improvement efforts and related education initiatives. The position provides PreK-12 visual and performing arts education leadership and expertise to organizations and educators statewide in curriculum, instruction and assessment through provision of professional development opportunities and technical assistance. The position may be assigned to lead other state and federal programs.  Work is performed in collaboration with other members of the Maine DOE and is executed under limited supervision.  Extensive use of technology, statewide/national travel and field assignments are required.

The position also serves schools and school districts within an assigned region through customer service, brokering technical assistance and providing a communications link for the Maine DOE’s continuous improvement process.  Primary responsibilities include developing ongoing interaction with school personnel and community representatives within an assigned superintendents’ region; serving as the Maine DOE representative and key contact for requests, information, and questions from within the region; providing or brokering professional development opportunities, technical assistance and other services to enhance teacher effectiveness and student and school performance; assisting districts with the implementation of the state education standards and associated assessments; promoting the Commissioner’s education initiatives within the region; and serving as the Commissioner’s representative and liaison in the region.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES REQUIRED to successfully perform the work assigned:

  • Knowledge of current learning research, exemplary general educational practices and PreK-12 visual and performing arts content and instructional knowledge.
  • Knowledge of community involvement issues in education policy decisions and educational operations.
  • Knowledge of school improvement, Maine DOE strategic initiatives, systems-change concepts, student centered practices, and tools to support learning especially in the area of PreK-12 visual and performing arts education.
  • Knowledge of large scale and formative assessment development and administration in PreK-12 visual and performing arts education.
  • Knowledge of current and emerging state and federal legislation, rules and regulations impacting education.
  • Knowledge of and experience with Maine’s education standards (Learning Results), the process of implementing standards and current and emerging trends for PreK-12 visual and performing arts including national standards development initiatives.
  • Knowledge of performance-based and standards-based educational systems.
  • Knowledge of systemic change principles.
  • Knowledge of computer software and hardware systems, including networking.
  • Knowledge of Total Quality Management concepts, practices and tools and productivity measures.
  • Knowledge of documentation strategies.
  • Knowledge of alternative assessment, developmental education and experimental learning.
  • Ability to facilitate groups and use exemplary interpersonal skills; establish and maintain positive collaborative working relationships; effectively manage multiple projects and provide quality service.
  • Ability to integrate PreK-12 visual and performing arts with other Maine DOE teams such as Special Education, Assessment and Accountability, Certification and Learning Through Technology.
  • Ability to assist organizations with systemic change strategies/organizational development.
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing and use technology for work and learning.
  • Ability to write clearly and effectively in a team environment to problem solve.
  • Ability to use computer technology for word processing, data applications, telecommunication (email, webinars, faxing) and internet searches.
  • Ability to design and implement innovative approaches to school improvement and to student and teacher learning.
  • Ability to analyze and interpret research and data and to integrate divergent ideas to solve problems and make decisions.
  • Ability to apply and facilitate group dynamics and to use exemplary interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to manage projects.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships and customer service.
  • Ability to interact effectively with peers and customers. 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: 

Bachelor of Arts/Science degree in Education, Human Resource Development, Psychology or a related field and 5 years of experience as an education practitioner. A Master’s degree in an education related field may be substituted for 2 years of educational experience.

LICENSING/REGISTRATION/CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: (These must be met by all employees prior to attaining permanent status in this class).

Positions in this classification require a specific certification and/or ability to obtain a certification in an area specified by appropriate authorities.

BENEFITS

The value of State’s share of Employee’s Retirement:  15.37% of salary for BU positions.  The value of State-paid Dental Insurance:  $13.13 biweekly.  The value* of State-paid Health Insurance:

  • Level 1:  100% State Contribution (employee pays nothing):  $444.68biweekly
  • Level 2:    95% State Contribution (employee pays 5%):  $422.45 biweekly
  • Level 3:    90% State Contribution (employee pays 10%):  $400.21 biweekly
  • Level 4:      85% State Contribution (employee pays 15%):  $377.98 biweekly

*The level of the actual value of state paid Health Insurance will be based on the employee’s wage rate and status with regard to the health credit premium program.

APPLICATION AT THIS LINK!

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Creating Live Paintings

June 26, 2019

Buffalo, NY

A friend sent me a photo of an event that they were visiting in Buffalo, NY called Arts Alive. It is held at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, a museum which is a major showpiece for modern and contemporary art.

St. Mary’s High School’s re-creation of James Ensor’s The Intrigue, 1911 (Collection Minneapolis Institute of Art). Photograph by Tom Loonan.

For 23 years the gallery has hosted the annual Arts Alive event where participants create living representations of famous works of art for cash prizes. Anyone can and does participate including students, community groups, organizations, families, and individuals. Participants build their stunning replicas—often called tableaux—using people, props, and their creativity.

More than $1,000 in cash prizes is given to winning tableaux. Celebrity judges will select the Best Tableau from the Albright-Knox’s Collection or AK Public Art, Best Craftsmanship, and Most Creative Entry. The awards are presented in each category (Grades K–8, Grades 9–12, and Adult/Family Group). There is also a People’s Choice Award. And, of course, music, art activities, and more is celebrated as part of this special community event.

View a short YouTube video from the 20th year of the Arts Alive event.

 

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Hike Through History

June 25, 2019

South Berwick

In May I was invited to the Hamilton House and Vaughn Woods in South Berwick for the 25th anniversary of Hike Through History. It’s an annual teaching and learning opportunity in RSU #35 that continues to be a success due to the commitment of many educators and volunteers. It is usually held in town so it was a treat to have it in such a beautiful woodsy setting.

Maine Arts Leadership Initiative (MALI) Teacher Leaders and Music Educators Kate Smith and Kris Bisson collaborated in teaching traditional dances and music. First they taught the 8th grade students from Marshwood Middle School several dance steps and they turned around and taught the elementary students. In addition, they also taught a few modern dances. Melanie Crowe, Marshwood Middle School art teacher and MALI Teacher Leader worked with students teaching them techniques and they turned around and taught elementary students. Printmaking, weaving, painting on stone and poetry. I was so impressed with the level of engagement of the 500 students who visited and provided the instruction. And, the hundreds of volunteers and parents. It was simply wonderful – a real community collaboration.

All of the photos in the blog post were taken at the two stations where Kris, Kate and Melanie were.

The information below was provided by Julia Einstein, Education Program Coordinator for Historic New England, who plays an integral part in the success of the Hike Through History.

For this year’s Hike, it was all about character studies—and for the grade eight students to look at each person, or family, as a character you can “inhabit” after you have researched the parts of their life. As a result, the student is able to enjoy this way of learning as he/she  steps into the history of the people and of this place that was once the center of the town of South Berwick. This location at Hamilton House (built in 1785) and Vaughn Woods tells the story of the native people, first settlers, the start of America, and how we changed from an agricultural to an industrial nation. Inventiveness and inventions through these times, from a shipbuilding, navigation on water, and early photography.

It was a pleasure for me to be able to write the content for the student’s work in the classroom, as well as to mentor two grade eight classes for this special, new Hike. I, along with a committee of content writers, each put together our topic to include main Ideas, characters to include, vocabulary, possible Activities, and sources for additional Research.

Here’s a brief overview of what I put together:

Hamilton House Walk Through

Topic:  Hamilton House’s long, long, life — three families over 236 years! — and the different ways they lived.

Main Ideas: Did you ever “read” a house? If we learn to “read” the details left behind, a house can tell stories of the people who lived there long ago!  The Hamilton House contains lots of history, as there were three owners, over different centuries.

Possible Activities: A student tour of the first floor of the Hamilton House–a guided walk into 1785 and walk out in 1898 in which the 8th grade students give the elementary visitors the prompts to observe, notice details, and ask questions. Also, create activities or experiences to share the lives of the three different families who lived there.  Why were they there?  What did they value about the house and land?

Inspired by History: Elise Tyson & Sarah Orne Jewett

Topic: Historical preservation, Literary and Visual Arts in the 19th century

Main Ideas: What is “inspiration”? A beautiful, historical place like the Hamilton House can give us inspiration! Elise Tyson would have taken advantage of the recent invention of a (more) portable box camera to move around and photograph outside and inside the Hamilton House. One is able to look into her photographs to study the early days of film photography. It was very rare for women to be photographers during this era! Sarah Orne Jewett would have used her portable wicker writing box to write on site. One is able to read her fiction (The Tory Lover) and non-fiction (River Driftwood) based upon the landscape and characters of the Hamilton House, as seen in these excerpts:
River Driftwood She described Hamilton House in 1881 as being “like a glimpse of sunshiny, idle Italy: the sparkling river and the blue sky, the wide green shores and the great gray house, with its two hall doors standing wide open, the lilacs in bloom and no noise or hurry, – a quiet place, that the destroying left hand of progress had failed to touch.”
The Tory Lover “As for Colonel Hamilton, the host,” she wrote, “a strong-looking, bright-colored man in the middle thirties, the softness of a suit of brown, and his own hair well dressed and powdered, did not lessen a certain hardness in his face, a grave determination, and maturity of appearance far beyond the due of his years. Hamilton had easily enough won the place of chief shipping merchant and prince of money-makers in that respectable group, and until these dark days of war almost every venture by land or sea had added to his fortunes. The noble house that he had built was still new enough to be the chief show and glory of a rich provincial neighborhood.” Due to these two friends’ inspiration and love of history, we are now lucky enough to be able to learn about and experience this beautiful house and grounds.

It was also an wonderful opportunity for me to expand upon a school program that is already in place for grade three students of Central School, “Amoungst Friends, Sarah Orne Jewett and her Circle.”  This circle expanded to her friends Emily and Elise Tyson (later Elise Tyson Vaughn and her husband Henry Vaughn), who she convinced to purchase and restore the house to it’s Hamilton era glory–and in the process to preserve history.  In a visit to all third grade classrooms, I introduced the students to the Hamilton House and guided the students to make a Captain’s Log. When the students visited the house, they were guided to make an observation, both inside and outside in the garden, and record in his/her log, by writing & through sketching. We also played a Maritime Trade Game–with a partner, the students used a World  Map to find the source, the countries from which  “raw” materials brought back to South Berwick by Jonathan Hamilton’s ships. It was a ton of fun–a great way to prepare for the special upcoming Hike.

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