Third-graders learn about Sojourner Truth in Florence

  • Bridget MacNeil talks to third-graders from Bridge Street Elementary School at the Sojourner Truth Statue in Florence. With her, from left, are teacher Karen Hurd and Wendy Sinton of the Sojourner Truth Memorial Committee. SUBMITTED PHOTO/Martin V Espinola

Published: 6/22/2018 4:40:56 PM

NORTHAMPTON — Third-graders from Karen Hurd’s third-grade class at Bridge Street School in Northampton visited the Sojourner Truth Statue in Florence last week and got a little history lesson by Wendy Sinton of the Sojourner Truth Memorial Committee.

Sinton was accompanied by Bridget MacNeil, who received a 2017 Scholarship award from the memorial committee and is assisting Sinton and learning to give walking tours on her own.

The third-graders’ trip to the statue was part of a three-year collaborative project between Northampton public schools and the Sojourner Truth Memorial Committee, funded by the Northampton Education Foundation (NEF). The program provides reading materials, support for teachers and the tour.

This year seven teachers and 140 students participated from four Northampton schools. Students who visited were from the third, fifth and 10th grades.

The coordinator of the project is Roxanne Nieman, a fifth grade teacher at Leeds Elementary School in Northampton.

Over three years, about 400 students have participated.

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