Introducing our START Volunteers!

What could be better than learning more about poetry with energetic, dynamic, creative Dartmouth volunteers?

Our winter volunteers are Carly, Tiffany, and Clara, and they are ready for action.

Carly is from Baltimore, Maryland, and is majoring in environmental studies and public policy.  She has LOTS of pets, including two dogs, two cats, and a managerie of visitors from her mom’s science classroom such as geckos, hedgehogs, and snakes.  She says, “If you love animals, talk to me!”  Her favorite poem would be any poem about nature.

Tiffany, a senior geography major, comes from Maryland too.  She is an education minor and just took a class on STEM along with Clara, so don’t be surprised to see some poetry STEM popping into some of the START sessions.  She loves to dance, especially hip hop and urban, and she is on the street soul dance team at Dartmouth.  Her favorite poetry book is Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur.

Clara is from Idaho, and she is studying psychology and education.  She participates in theater on campus, and when she is home she loves to hike and read.  Her favorite poem is “The Strength of Fields” by James Dickey.

These marvelous volunteers are overflowing with poetry ideas, and we can’t wait.

Learning is a Treasure No Thief Can Touch

This week’s storytelling adventure continued with wise sayings from India similar to these.
–“Dig your well before you are thirsty.”
–“Great anger is more destructive than the sword.”
–“A tree starts with a seed.”
–“A book is like a garden carried in the pocket.”
–“You do not stumble over a mountain, but you do over a stone.”
–“Learning is a treasure no thief can touch.”
–“Keep five yards from a carriage, ten yards from a horse, and a hundred yards from an elephant; but the distance one should keep from a wicked man cannot be measured.”
–“They who give have all things; they who withhold have nothing.”

What a lot to think about!  The students were challenged to create modern dramas illustrating ancient ideas.  We discovered that the most hilarious fish in the world and the most creative homework excuse makers dwell right in our classroom!  Many thanks to our START volunteers for this marvelous experience!

Preview of next week:  Chinese mask storytelling!

King o’ the Cats

Storytelling shenanigans continue with our extraordinary START volunteers!  We explored stories behind our own names, played a giant Mad Libs game to remind ourselves of the importance of creative and careful word choices in our storytelling, and then worked as a team to act out various parts of an old English fairy tale called “King o’ the Cats”.  MEOW!

START Storytelling Takes Off on Dragons’ Wings

Our delightful START volunteers grabbed us immediately with their dragon tale, and we freshened our understanding of story elements such as plot, mood, character, and setting through a variety of engaging activities.  The whole session was full of laughter . . . and frightful moments . . . and heartbreaking loss of ice cream . . . . and joyful dragon feasts . . . and so much more.  We can’t wait for our next storytelling escapade!

Introducing our Fall START Volunteers!

Have you heard?  It’s time for START to begin!  We welcome our totally awesome Dartmouth students once again, as they infuse our curriculum goals with the arts in their own unique way.  They will be visiting every Tuesday for six weeks starting October 3rd.  The third graders will be jumping for joy to see Autumn from our Animals session is back, and some of our older students will be so excited to catch a glimpse of Emily in the hall after her session with them on Engineering.  Welcome!  We can’t wait to learn with you!

START volunteers Emily, Halley, and Autumn, with Dartmouth HOP Center Outreach Coordinator, the inspiring Mary Gaetz

***Welcome back, Emily!  Emily is a senior government major, French and Chinese minor.  She just spent five months in China and is planning to move back there after graduation to do a year of research.  She is in love with the moon, everything about the moon.  One thing she finds fascinating is that while the stars are different depending on where you are on the globe, the moon is the same.  Ask her for some lunar facts!

***Halley is studying English and education.  She is a senior from Arkansas.  She especially enjoys travel, and when she was growing up, dancing was one of her passions.  Ask her for a little tap dance demo!

***Autumn is a junior psychology major, and she especially loves running, running, running.  She was in 4-H growing up, and she was excited to hear that not only do we know about 4-H around here, but some members of our class have their own farm animals and know about showing.  She had horses and goats in 4-H, and she is from Virginia.  She has just returned from several months studying in India, and she hopes you will ask all about it!

***Don’t forget our wonderful leader, Mary Gaetz!  Mary is the outreach coordinator at the Hopkins Center.  She studied theater, brings lots of children’s theater to the area, and directs plays in the community as well.  She has a husband and two cats, and she grew up in Kansas.


Question:  What is footy?

Answer:  Australian style football!  Check it out!

This week’s START featured Sports Around the World, with plenty of art, acting, and teamwork from us.  A theme of thought is emerging, as each week we discover that people around the world have so much in common even if they don’t speak the same language.  Human beings around the world all appreciate music, have a love of beauty, and enjoy all kinds of play.  Once again, START was a highlight of our week.

Reading various types of graphs, charts, and tables is an important reading skill for us.

This photo expresses the utter engagement of START.  Look at those thinking faces!

Our tremendous volunteers in action!