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|Project Title: ||Pioneer Village|
|School Year: ||2007|
|School - District:||Salem Academy Charter School - Salem Academy Charter (District)|
|Contact Name:||Rachel Hunt|
|Contact Phone:||(978) 774-2105|
|Content-Area(s):||History & Social Sciences|
|Community Need:||Community Development, Education|
|Brief Description of SL Project: |
Students studying colonial U.S. history had the opportunity to work side by side with Preservation Salem, Inc. to support the reopening of Pioneer Village, a colonial replica here in Salem. The students visited the site as part of the U.S. history studies and learned that the village, created in commemoration of Salem’s 300th celebration, had closed due to lack of funding for maintenance. The group began working regularly with the groundskeeper to identify ways that they could help with the upkeep, including studying the design of wigwams and creating models for construction. By the end of the year the group of students had created a documentary which will air on Salem Access television on colonial Salem and Pioneer Village, complete with interviews of historians and coverage of the site. Their advocacy work promises to have an impact on the site’s future.
|The Community Need the Project is Meeting:|
Students addressed the need to reopen and restore Salem 1630: Pioneer Village, a replica village of colonial Salem, which was built in 1930, prior to Plimoth Plantation or Colonial Williamsburg. The village was built as part of Salem’s 300th anniversary celebration and has served as a popular tourist destination over the years. Currently the site is in need of restoration so that it can re-open. Students discovered this need through their studies of U.S. colonial history.
|Service Component: |
Students met with Jon Goff, president of Preservation Salem, Inc., as well as with Erik Smith, the groundskeeper of Pioneer Village starting in November of 2006. Students were interested in supporting preservation work in Salem as part of their service-learning component of their history class. Goff and Smith first explored the rebuilding of the lost English wigwams. The students, working with these local partners, built wigwam models, experimenting with and researching colonial designs. They also worked at Salem Access television to develop a program to educate people about Pioneer Village, to publicize Preservation Salem, Inc. and Salem Academy’s efforts in preserving the site. The program was just finished and will air soon.
|Connections with Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks: |
Students studied Pioneer Village in the context of colonial U.S. history. They did research on the colonial era and lifestyles of individuals in the 17th century through internet and texts, interviews with historians, and visits to Pioneer Village and Strawberry Banke. In addition to research, they wrote reflections, and were assessed on their knowledge of this period in history.
Salem Academy benchmarks addressed:
•Students will be able to compare their own daily lives in the 21st century to daily life in the North American colonies in the 1600s and 1700s.
•Students will demonstrate the ability to synthesize and interpret material and demonstrate this by organizing presentations and leading a discussion.
•Students will be able to describe the different cultures in North American European colonies in the 1500s-1700s.
•SWBAT demonstrate the habits of good research: selection of sources, note-taking skills, honing of questions, etc.
|How Youth Voice Helps Shape Project:|
Salem Academy students are well versed in service-learning, completing their first projects in sixth and seventh grades. Students in this group met with Goff and Smith and discussed ways that they could be of service. The students made the decision to team up with Preservation Salem for their project and then offered their own ideas for service. They directed the wigwam research and building and then led the development of a documentary program on Pioneer Village, doing all of the work themselves.
|Student Reflection Component: |
Students routinely write reflections on their work. In this project, each student had the opportunity to reflect on film as well. With a wigwam model as their backdrop, each student participant shared their role in the project and their reflections on their work (news story included).
|Community Partners Involved: |
Erik Smith, from Pioneer Village, worked with the group of students throughout the process meeting with them usually once a week and helping them with wigwam models and their documentary program.
|Demonstration/Celebration of Students' Work: |
Students participated in the Youth Service Appreciation Brunch to celebrate the work they had accomplished. They presented their work to the entire Second and Third Forms at Salem Academy (grades 8-10) at the end of the year.
|Evaluation of Project's Impact:|
Students have not been able to do formal evaluations, but will keep in touch with Preservation Salem, Inc and will monitor the progress of Pioneer Village.
|Challenges/Solutions Identified by District:|
Each project has its own challenges. This project was successful in identifying a true need in the community and linking explicitly to U.S. history standards. Many projects have excellent academic connections with less powerful service opportunities or vice versa.
* NOTE: This project summary was written by the district/community. Any text in italics was added or modified by the Department (ESE). Most of these projects were supported with Learn & Serve America funds distributed through the ESE.