Rivers On the Go!
UNITY PROGRAM - 2017
In its second year, the ROG! Unity program was expanded from P.S. 47 to include P.S. 49 in the South Bronx. Children continued to explore the connection between nature and people through a series of fine arts classes (including mask-making, nature bracelets, and pottery), guest speakers, and field trips to Bartow-Pell Mansion & Museum and Orchard Beach. The program culminated in an ending celebration attended by caregivers, school staff, and local elected officials.
"This program was really impactful for my first grade Ell students. The ROG! Unity Program empowered my students to find comfort in public speaking, celebrating diversity, sharing their cultures with peers, and making art. It was truly a pleasure to witness my students learn more about the community in the Bronx and celebrate the diverse nature of living in NYC. The program taught my students that although we have cultural differences we are all connected through the natural world, art, and community." – Ms. DeGenaro,1st Grade ELL Teacher, at P.S. 47
"The Bronx Children's Museums ROG! Unity Program inspired our kindergarten and first grade students to foster a relationship with nature. The program created an opportunity for our students to express themselves through art, work collaboratively, learn about their local community, and celebrate their cultural roots. The innovative art activities and cheerful teaching artist made our students excited to immerse themselves in the history, culture, and natural resources within our rich borough. The program encouraged students to build confidence, character, and public speaking skills that will prove useful throughout their academic career. I took pride in observing the growth of our students throughout the program and I look forward to participating in the program next year." – Monica Walker, Assistant Principal at P.S. 49
“I had fun at Orchard Beach. I collected acorns, clams, muscle shells, leaves, flowers, and birds. I put all my things in my story telling bag and got to tell a story to my friends.” – Enson M.