Classroom With No Walls

Classroom With No Walls

A recent sponsorship donation will underwrite a new series of Institute at Renfrew school programs, delivered by Institute faculty members to each elementary school campus in the Waynesboro Area School District (WASD).  

“To address pandemic concerns about bus transportation and to ease the way for families who may be suffering financial hardship, we are thrilled to announce that The Institute will provide customized 90-minute experiences for all K–5 grade students at Mowery, Fairview, Hooverville and Summitview elementary schools, delivered on site at each school,” said Tracy Holliday, The Institute’s executive director.  

“Thanks to a gift from Institute benefactress Alma Oyer, these programs will be offered free of charge to all students,” Holliday said. “Mrs. Oyer’s bighearted care for children motivated her gift, which has been transformative for The Institute’s ability to serve the young people in our community. We are deeply grateful for Mrs. Oyer’s care for our mission and activities with youth.” 

Education is the cornerstone of The Institute’s mission. The organization records 8,000–9,000 annual student visits during a typical year. 

The new programs, customized for each grade level and for each elementary campus, will including such offerings as …games that help illustrate natural concepts in a fun way, explorations of the school yard using observation and scientific inquiry, activities that focus on a feature of the property, like the stream at Hooverville and the Nature Trail Area at Mowrey. Each school has something unique to explore.

“We continue to value and honor our partnership with Waynesboro Area School District (WASD) and look forward to serving district students with programs that educate, inspire and delight,” Holliday said.

Dr. Rita Sterner-Hine, WASD assistant superintendent, commented, “WASD was committed to reopening this fall but fully understood the limitations of COVID-19.  Although field trips are a valuable part of our learners’ education, we were focused on making in school learning a success. 

“Our position was to hit ‘pause’ on field trips, but we are delighted that The Institute will bring the field trip experience to our schools. Our learners will truly benefit from this generous donation to bring Institute lessons for outdoor education to our elementary schools.”

All programs are delivered with full COVID-19 safety protocols in place. 

“Institute programs allow learning to take place outdoors, where the likelihood of transmission is reduced,” Holliday said. “Additionally, experiences in nature are proven to reduce stress, and to increase our physical and emotional wellbeing. We believe that children and families need such experiences, now more than ever during this challenging time.” 

Visit The Institute’s website at www.instituteatrenfrew.org to learn more about program offerings for people of all ages.

Food Truck Fridays

Food Truck Fridays

Mainstreet Waynesboro

It’s time for Food Truck Fridays to return to Waynesboro!  On Fridays from 11:30am to 1:30pm, come on out and enjoy delicious food from local vendors, plus free live music! Food will be sold from 11:30 to 1:30. Music will go from noon to 1pm.

 

Food Truck Fridays

Food Truck Fridays

Mainstreet Waynesboro

July 3, 2020 * 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
The weather’s getting warm, and it’s almost time for Food Truck Fridays to return to Waynesboro! On Fridays from 11:30am to 1:30pm, come on out and enjoy delicious food from local vendors, plus free live music! Food will be sold from 11:30 to 1:30. Music will go from noon to 1pm.
Food Truck Fridays

Food Truck Fridays

 

Mainstreet Waynesboro

July 3, 2020 * 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
The weather’s getting warm, and it’s almost time for Food Truck Fridays to return to Waynesboro! On Fridays from 11:30am to 1:30pm, come on out and enjoy delicious food from local vendors, plus free live music! Food will be sold from 11:30 to 1:30. Music will go from noon to 1pm.
The Institute at Renfrew Seeks Educator

The Institute at Renfrew Seeks Educator

The Institute at Renfrew is a non-profit organization serving the region with outdoor programming in environmental education, interpretation of a historic Pennsylvania German farmstead and a widevariety of family events. Activities are conducted on the site of Renfrew Museum and Park. (Please note that The Institute at Renfrew operates independently from Renfrew Museum and Park.)
The mission of The Institute at Renfrew is to guide the people of the Cumberland Valley region to become stewards of their natural and cultural worlds.To achieve its mission, the Institute:
• provides environmental and cultural education to elementary and secondary school children,
• supports and conducts research about natural and cultural history,
• provides opportunities for adults to learn about the nature and culture of the region and the world,
• presents programs that inform and entertain the community.
JOB SUMMARY: The early childhood environmental educator is responsible for delivering established programs of The Institute at Renfrew (The Institute) at the preschool– 4th grade levels and developing creative new programsinto the future. The primary role of this position is to work outdoors with preschool and primary age groups.The early childhood educator must work in cooperation with co-teachers, administrators, volunteers,interns, and all other personnel of The Institute and with the staff of Renfrew Museum & Park.Availability: Position is part-time, seasonal. Educator is expected to attend training sessions and regularstaff meetings and to teach 3–5 days/week during the fall and spring teaching seasons (September–November & March–June) and winter/summer programming as needed. As new preschool program offer-ings are developed, the hours of the early childhood environmental educator will increase accordingly.
Duties and Responsibilities: Share Renfrew’s rich heritage, stories and landscape to inspire and engage stewards of the naturaland cultural world.
Please visit www.instituterenfrew.org for the full job description.