COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 189

September 22, 2006

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Outreach Programs and Instructional Resources from the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation

 

In 2007, America will commemorate the 400th anniversary of Jamestown, Virginia, our countrys first permanent English settlement. To involve Virginia students in the commemoration, the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation is committed to bringing its award-winning history programs to elementary schools across Virginia. The Foundations outreach education program supports the history and social science Standards of Learning and maintains a high level of student engagement through hands-on learning and inquiry.

 

The Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, an agency of the Commonwealth of Virginia, administers two living-history museums, Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center. Jamestown Settlement interprets the cultures of 17th century colonial Jamestown. The Yorktown Victory Center interprets the impact of the American Revolution on the people of America and the development of a new nation. These museums are accredited by the American Association of Museums.

 

General information on the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation education resources and outreach program is available at http://www.historyisfun.org/visitus/education.cfm. Foundation staff is available to provide brief presentations at school board or other meetings. To schedule a presentation, please contact Pam Pettengell at (757) 253-4940 or Pamela.pettengell@jyf.virginia.gov.

 

Please join me in supporting this important opportunity for Virginia elementary students to learn about Jamestowns history in an engaging and memorable way. I hope students in your division can take part in these unique classroom programs during the commemoration.

 

For additional information, please contact Betsy Barton, specialist for history and social science, via e-mail Betsy.Barton@doe.virginia.gov or telephone (804) 225-3454.

 

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