Little Friends of the High Bridge 2015-2016
For the 2015-2016 school year, the Museum offered the Little Friends of the High Bridge program to a total of 1,037 students in the Highbridge area, at eight different schools: P.S. 11, P.S. 73, P.S. 114, P.S. 126, P.S. 199, Sacred Heart School, Highbridge Advisory Council Family Services, Site III, and Metropolitan Lighthouse Charter School.
In addition to the professional development session, Museum Educators and Teaching Artists offered monthly activities such as pre-visit assessment drawings, bridge building, book readings, and lesson plan presentations.
For more information on the Little Friends of the High Bridge program, please contact Nicole Wallace, STEAM Program Manager.
“Let me take this opportunity to express my appreciation to you for giving the students of PS11 the opportunity to participate in the Museum and especially the Little Friends of Highbridge program. I am most impressed by the countless ways this program was able to allow our students to become thinkers, the students acquired high-level understanding from the instruction received from the curriculum, and they were excited to showcase their learning. On behalf of the students and their families, I want to thank you for your talent, professionalism, and your commitment to the students throughout the duration of this program.”
–Dr. Joan Kong, Principal of P.S. 11
“MetLCS has had the opportunity and pleasure to work with the Bronx Children's Museum and Ms. Nicole Wallace throughout the past several years and we could not be more satisfied with all that they have done for our scholars and the entire school community. Their work has ranged from everything such as having a mobile museum come to our school so that scholars could delight in the experience of going on a "field trip" without even having to leave the main road our school is situated on, to having guest speakers from the community come in and speak to them about topics such as their neighborhood, all of which relate directly to Common Core State Standards and perhaps more importantly a love of learning, exploration, and curiosity. Perhaps most significant to our school community was the work that Nicole and her team did with our school related to the opening of the Highbridge after it being closed to the public for so many years; as a school new to the neighborhood in 2014 - 2015, by participating in events such as visiting the Highbridge, learning more about its history, and even attending an event with Sonia Manzano, related to her book The Lowdown on the Highbridge, MetLCS scholars have had countless experiences to be immersed in and embrace our new, permanent neighborhood. The Little Friends of the Highbridge and the Bronx Children's Museum have made an incredible impact on MetLCS and will have for many years to come; our scholars and the school community thank you all so much for the great work you have done to better the lives of our children.”
–Courtney Russell, Prinicpal of Metropolitan Lighthouse Charter School
"Little Friends of Highbridge has given the students of Sacred Heart School a deeper appreciation of the community we live, learn and play in. The program afforded students the opportunity to engage creatively in the learning process. As a result, our students have a deeper understanding, love and appreciation for the neighborhood we call home and all its natural resources."
–Abigail Akano, Principal of Sacred Heart School
“It has been a great experience for the children and for myself learning about the High Bridge and Harlem River. It has broadened our understanding and learning about both the High Bridge and what surrounds it. It has been a very positive experience for the children. Now they can talk about the High Bridge knowing it is in their neighborhood.”
–Ms. Fernandez, Kindergarten Teacher at P.S. 73
“LFHB has been a wonderful experience for my students and myself! They learned so much about the beauty that is so close to them, the bridge, the river, the animals. The students loved being scientists and using their senses to explore. The program has made nature come alive for my students.”
–Carla Breton, 1st Grade Teacher at P.S. 199