Monday, March 7, 2016

Highlights for the week ending march 5th

The National Park Service’s Centennial
On February 28th, the AmeriCorps VISTA group of volunteers participated in the 12th annual Kite Festival at El Morro. This activity was part of the 100th National Park Service anniversary celebrations.

Interactive music concerts in the schools of Caño Martín Peña:
We facilitated four workshops/concerts, titled “Con Vivaldi y Handel en el Caño” (With Vivaldi and Handel in the [Martín Peña] Channel). These were conducted on March 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th in elementary schools Sofía Rexach, Moisés Meléndez, Manuel Boada and Haydee Rexach, respectively. The concerts featured water-themed music, mainly excerpts from Vivaldi’s “The Seasons” and Handel’s “Water Music.” The musicians engaged the students in short conversations about the importance of keeping nearby bodies of water clean, how many entities are working toward cleaning their nearby channel, and how the wood and materials used to make their instruments came from nature. These workshops were possible thanks to a contribution and matching funds made by the Titín Foundation.

Climate change curricular lessons: On March 1rst and 2nd, our AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer Helen Angell and our Education Manager Javier Cardona, facilitated brand new climate change curricular lessons for public school students at Julián Blanco Specialize School in Ballet and Jesus Rivera Bultrón.

Second activity with the Guardians of the Estuary in Piñones:
On March 2nd, the AmeriCorps VISTA group of volunteers carried out the second Guardians of the Estuary activity for the Emiliano Figueroa Elementary School in Piñones. The group of 36 students and 6 parents had the opportunity to do water monitoring exercises and beach cleaning. Their initiative with the Emiliano Figueroa school is part of their project of identification of opportunities for economic growth based in the environment within the community of Piñones.

Water quality monitoring workshops
On March 2nd our Coordinator of Water Quality Volunteer Monitoring Program gave a water quality monitoring workshop at Manuel Elzaburu y Vizcarrondo School for a group of students between 4th and 5th grade. The school is localized in Sec. Cantera, San Juan, PR.

Book Donations
On March 1st our AmeriCorps VISTA volunteers, the historian Laura Horta and Diana Ferro, gave the first donation to the library of the Emiliano Figueroa Elementary School in Piñones, as part of the VISTA initiative to identify economic growth opportunities based in the environment.


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