1. The Mighty Mississippi Electronic Field Trip – November 14
2. Christmas on the Farm – New Market – December 1
3. Gaithersburg Book Festival Poetry Contest – Submission Deadline Is February 21, 2019


1. The Mighty Mississippi Electronic Field Trip – November 14

Wednesday, November 14, 2018, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Cost: This is free event, but pre-registration is required. The event is geared toward students in grades five through eight.

WYES-TV, New Orleans PBS member station, in collaboration with the Center for Global Environmental Education at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota will live stream an electronic field trip about one of the world’s major river systems, the mighty Mississippi.

Students, teachers, home educators, and anyone interested in the history of the river are welcome to register. The live, one-hour, streamed event will be held at the Meraux Foundation’s Docville Farm in St. Bernard Parish.

Student reporters will take us along the river’s 2,000-mile journey from the headwaters at Lake Itasca in Minnesota to the city of New Orleans and the swamps of south Louisiana as the river flows to the Gulf of Mexico. There might even be an alligator sighting along the way!

Students will learn how the headwaters were determined, the size and scope of the Mississippi River’s watershed, how the river helped the nation grow and how it influenced culture and commerce, how the river and the sediment it carries built one of the world’s most important deltas, and how the delta region along the Louisiana coast is now disappearing.

Students may participate in a real time Q&A during the stream or send Mississippi River related questions ahead of time to fieldtrips@wyes.org.


2. Christmas on the Farm – New Market – December 1

Virginia Museum of the Civil War
New Market, Virginia

Saturday, December 2, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: $10/adult, ages 13 to 64; $9/senior, ages 65 and older; $6/youth, ages 6 to 12; children 5 years and younger are free. Receive $1 off admission with the donation of a non-perishable food item to benefit the Manor Memorial United Methodist Church’s Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry. Tickets may be purchased on-site at the Virginia Museum of the Civil War on the day of the event.

At Bushong Farm, families can visit with living historians and discover how a family carries on in the face of national crisis. There are games to play, stories to hear, treats to eat, songs to sing, and a visit from a special Christmas visitor (a “Belsnickel”).

Visit the military encampment and bring some Christmas cheer to soldiers far from home.

In the Virginia Museum of the Civil War building, children can make Christmas tree ornaments to take home.

For more information, contact Sarah Mink at 866-515-1864 or minksc@vmi.edu.


3. Gaithersburg Book Festival Poetry Contest – Submission Deadline Is February 21, 2019

High school students from across the Washington Metropolitan Area are invited to submit poems to the Gaithersburg Book Festival Poetry Contest. Submission deadline is February 21, 2019.

Entries must be no longer than one page of single-spaced 12-point Times New Roman font. The contest is open to all public, private, and homeschooled students in grades nine through twelve living in Virginia, Maryland, or Washington D.C.

Up to twelve poems will be selected as finalists to be posted on the Gaithersburg Book Festival website prior to the festival. The top three poems will be announced at the Gaithersburg Book Festival on Saturday, May 18, 2019. First, second, and third place winners will receive $250, $100, and $50 gift certificates, respectively. A fan favorite poem, selected by voting on the website, will receive a $25 gift certificate.

For more information, including a complete list of entry requirements, visit the website.


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