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Contact: Howard Duncan, 423-286-7275
In celebration of National Park Week, Lounica Hughett completed her tour of duty as a Teacher-Ranger-Teacher for Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area by presenting afterschool programs for students and families of Fairview Elementary School during the week of April 29-May 3. Participants learned how to make corn husk dolls, discovered how trees grow and used molds to make animal tracks. Families were given the opportunity to listen to local stories and Appalachian folk music.
Lounicia worked at Big South Fork during the summer of 2012 and achieved the goal she set for herself. "By taking part in the Teacher-Ranger-Teacher program, I hope to share my love of our cultural and natural history with students, other teachers, and our community. I also hope to spark interest in OUR park, Big South Fork, and all that it has to offer. "She very much enjoyed the experience and encourages teachers to apply for the Teacher-Ranger-Teacher position for 2013.
Here's how the Teacher-Ranger-Teacher program operates. Throughout the nation, national parks and public schools work together to provide teachers opportunities to connect with park resources. They gain understanding and appreciation of America's special places that belong to all of us. When Teacher-Rangers return to their classrooms, they share their knowledge and enthusiasm with students and their teachers.
If you are a teacher from the surrounding area who is interested in working a summer season at Big South Fork, contact Howard Duncan at (423) 286-7275 for information about applying for the position. Also, browse through the park website at www.nps.gov/biso/forteachers/teacher-to-ranger-to-teacher for more information about the Teacher-Ranger-Teacher program.