9 July 2012
The LAW Steering Committee organized the second annual Teacher Workshop at Natural Bridge State Park in Slade. The focus of the teacher workshops is how teachers can make the most of their LAW experience with their students. Attendees were from Wolfe, Menifee, Scott, Fayette, and Henry counties. In collaboration with Steering Committee members, the teachers completed an activity called "Why the Past is Important" and a lesson plan on "Chronology: The Time of My Life." Teachers who attended LAW previously, like Youngdo Lee pictured here, provided valuable feedback for improving the event, and we reviewed the LAW Teacher Resource Packet with teachers new to LAW. The teachers especially enjoyed hands-on activities in which their students will participate: using pump drills, throwing spears, making cordage, and making corn husk dolls. We previewed the 2012 event, as well.
13 December 2011
The LAW Steering Committee initiated a student essay contest in 2011 in order to reinforce the cultural resource preservation goal of the LAW event. Students from participating schools were invited to write up to 250 words in response to the question “Why is preserving cultural resources in the Red River Gorge important?” Some teachers used the essay contest as part of an integrated literacy project. We are pleased to announce that Miss Hannah Brooks, a fifth-grade student at Menifee Elementary School in Frenchburg, received the award for Best Essay. Hannah, pictured here with Steering Committee members Gwynn Henderson and Wayna Adams, received a certificate in recognition of her accomplishment. She won a pizza party for her class and a complete set of Kentucky Archaeology Video Series DVDs for her social studies teacher, Mrs. Tonya Sain. Congratulations, Hannah!
Students participating in Living Archaeology Weekend 2011 helped create this beautiful quilt for Community Hospice in Ashland, Kentucky. Using a method called “tacking,” the students tied each individual stitch to hold the quilt layers together. Quilt demonstrator Evelyn Morgan, an employee at the Daniel Boone National Forest Superintendent's Office, completed the quilt with binding. At Community Hospice, local quilters like Evelyn provide quilts to each patient who comes into the facility. Quilting was a technology essential to the survival of early pioneers and continues today as a form of art. Students at LAW not only learned about this craft, but they contributed to an important public service project.