Posts About: Inspirational

Welcome 2017!

Happy new year to you and yours from THV! We’re welcoming 2017 with inspiration from Eleanor Roosevelt’s My Day columns and some delightful new year’s eve menu illustrations from the The Culinary Institute of America’s Archives and Special Collections.

Thanks & good luck!

We LOVED having Alex with us for the summer and wish her all the best.

Gravesite Ceremony, Home of FDR NHS
Memorial Day 2016

Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites’ superintendent uses Memorial Day to talk about the importance of place and to explore FDR’s commitment to his Hyde Park home, conservation, and our national parks.

Writing About Place: Winning 3rd grade poems

Readers for this year’s Writing About Place contest gave top elementary school scores to Valerie Nielson’s lyrical description of the Wallkill River and Asa Miller’s tasty poem about Fishkill Farms. Read them here.

Flexibility & feedback
Key to Clermont’s afterschool programming

Many great things about afterschool groups can also be challenging. While there is no Bible, we find attention to a few key factors help make for a positive experience.

From Stacey to Saul: The Story Behind A Newburgh Artist

“There’s a real intelligence in those streets and in many ways I still feel nurtured by them and all the beautiful people I came up with,” says Saul Williams. Known to Newburgh as Stacey, Williams has journeyed far from his foundation to become a world-famous artist, but never once has he forgotten his roots. Keep reading to learn more about Williams’s path from Newburgh Free Academy to the international stage.

Students write about place

For the fourth year, students around the Valley have delighted us with their impressions of–and feelings about–places in our region. Read about this year’s top-scores in our Writing About Place contest. And, watch this space over the next few months, as we publish their essays and poems.

Reflections from Muck City: Day in the Life #1

As station leaders, we wanted to spark students’ curiosity, while maintaining a fun-loving environment. After we had a chance to teach a couple of groups, we found a nice balance between the two.

Do they really know the River? Part 2

Our part of the Hudson River is such a small part. Lessons learned in books don’t always find a place in our hearts and memories. Sometimes we need to step outside out world to expand our learning.

Do they really know the River?

My students have grown up next door to the Hudson River, writes Brooklyn fourth grade teacher Mary Curry, but I often ask myself, what do they really know about it? Some students recite facts about its length or even explain about Lake Tear of the Clouds being a hydrologic source. My goal is to make those dry facts come alive.