TICONDEROGA - Fort Ticonderoga recently received a grant from the Glenn and Carol Pearsall Adirondack Foundation supporting school outreach programs in the Adirondack Park during the 2012-13 school year.
"The most effective way for students to learn about their local history of international significance is for them to experience it," Rich Strum, the fort's director of education, said in a press release. "This program will bring that experience to the classroom, engaging students in the life of a soldier and enabling them to make personal connections through familiar topics - what soldiers wore and ate, where they slept, and what kind of work they had to do."
The grant from the Glenn and Carol Pearsall Adirondack Foundation will enable several schools in the Adirondack Park to bring a historic interpreter from Fort Ticonderoga into the classroom to share the experience of being a soldier on the northern frontier during the American Revolution.
During the program, students learn about the daily lives of soldiers. Students have a hands-on experience with high-quality reproductions that soldiers carried during the Revolution.
Students obtain an understanding of the purpose and function of each item and the larger concepts related to service in America's War for Independence.
Funding will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis for schools in the Adirondack Park.
Funding support from the Glenn and Carol Pearsall Adirondack Foundation covers nearly all the costs of the program for each participating school; schools pay $25 for the program.
Fort Ticonderoga offers outreach programs throughout the school year in northeastern New York and western Vermont.
To learn more about programs for students and teachers from Fort Ticonderoga, visit www.fort-ticonderoga.org and select the "Explore and Learn" tab. Teachers interested in learning more about school programs, including outreach programs, should contact Strum at firstname.lastname@example.org or 518-585-6370.
The Glenn and Carol Pearsall Adirondack Foundation is "dedicated to improving the quality of life for year-round residents in the Adirondack Park." More information can be found at www.pearsallfoundation.org.