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Educators learn about programs offered at park
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Courtesy Photo: Fifteen teachers from across Virginia visited Booker T. Washington National Monument to learn about the educational programs offered by the park.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Fifteen Virginia teachers recently visited Booker T. Washington National Monument to sample educational programs the park offers throughout the year.

The park staff recently updated the educational programs to reflect changes in Virginia's Standards of Learning and the Common Core curriculum, according to Ranger Betsy Haynes.

The teachers received an overview of the park's Monumental Education program by taking ranger-led tours, including living history, story board and farm stories, and a hands-on open hearth cooking activity.

Each teacher was provided with a packet of information, which included a listing of each program offered for various grade levels and the Standards of Learning each program meets. The information provided also included a park brochure, a compilation of some of Booker T. Washington's quotes and a timeline of Washington's life.

The packets also included a junior ranger booklet and badge and a set of Civil War trading cards that students can earn while visiting the park.

A catered dinner from Old Oak Café was provided by the Friends of Booker T. Washington National Monument. The dinner was held on the grounds and consisted of foods that would have been eaten during Booker T. Washington's childhood in slavery.

Teachers and homeschoolers can contact the park throughout the year to reserve an educational tour for their classroom or group. Contact the park at (540) 721-2094 to reserve a space.

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