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    John Fitzgerald Kennedy

    National Historic Site Massachusetts

For Teachers

An excerpt from a winning essay from the  "What John F. Kennedy Means to me" Essay and Poetry Program
 

EDUCATION PROGRAMS

 
Girls march with banners saying “ABOLISH CHILD SLAVERY!” in Yiddish and English.

In this image from "Kids on Strike" by Susan Campbell Bartoletti, girls march with banners saying “ABOLISH CHILD SLAVERY!” in both Yiddish and English. Courtesy of Library of Congress.

To Light the World:Stories of Hope & Courage for Challenging Times

A conference for classroom teachers and librarians of grades 3-8

April 3, 2014

Presented by John F. Kennedy NHS and John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

When bad news dominates the headlines and children are bombarded with frightening images from streaming media, we find ourselves looking for ways to explain and reassure. In these times, stories of hope, courage and resilience can offer an inspirational counterbalance.

This year’s conference features conversations with award-winning authors whose books inform and inspire young readers. Workshop sessions present strategies and resources for helping students engage with issues of concern, encouraging them to believe that they, too, can make a difference in the world.

Read more online or view PDFs of the conference brochure with registration form

PDF of full brochure formatted for web viewing
PDF of 8.5 x 11 brochure formatted for printing

 
An African-American student with books under his arm walks through a crowd of white students.

A student walks into a newly integrated school in Clinton, TN, 1956. Courtesy of Library of Congress.

Photo by Thomas J. O'Halloran.

WE'LL NEVER TURN BACK
Voices of the Civil Rights Movement:

A conference for classroom teachers and librarians of grades 3-8

Our program on April 3, 2013 featured remarkable individuals who played a part in the fight for civil rights during the 1960s, as well as award-winning authors who have brought this pivotal chapter in American history to life for young readers. Click here to read more about this inspiring day.

 
A ranger encourages a student writing an essay

"What John F. Kennedy Means To Me"
Annual Essay And Poetry Program


This annual program engages 3rd grade students from the Edward Devotion School in a month-long exploration of the life and contributions of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy, and culminates in a public ceremony in which students share their impressions of the President and are encouraged to realize their own potential as leaders and citizens with the power to shape the world.

Click here to read more.

 
A ranger shows students a photo from JFK's boyhood in Brookline

Boyhood In Brookline
The Challenges And Character Of Young Jack Kennedy
Grades 2-5


John F. Kennedy faced a variety of challenges during his boyhood years in Brookline. Through determination, imagination, humor, and family support he overcame these challenges and established a foundation in character that influenced his aspirations and shaped his presidency.

Students taking part in this ranger-led program learn about the challenges Jack Kennedy faced as a child - illness, sibling rivalry, parental expectations - and discover how these experiences shaped his character and prepared him to assume the office of president. The program includes a 45-minute tour of the birthplace and a 50-minute walking tour of the neighborhood.

Click here to read more.

 

Photos on this page courtesy of NPS, Kennedy NHS. Top photo by Joel Veak.

Did You Know?

Rose Kennedy playing the piano.

Rose Kennedy was a trained musician & encouraged her children to play the piano, but they preferred the radio to their piano lessons. The Kennedy White House show-cased the performing arts--including appearances by poet Robert Frost, soprano Grace Bumby, and cellists Pablo Casales & Yo Yo Ma.