August 31, 2010
Mark Brennan, 570-340-5244
SCRANTON, Pa. – Steamtown National Historic Site partnered with the Scranton School District this summer as one of twenty-four National Park sites in the Northeast U.S. to participate in the National Park Service "Teacher- Ranger-Teacher" Program for 2010.
John Marshall Elementary third grade teacher Ms. Ann Kisthart partnered with Interpretive Park Ranger Suzanne Rozdilski to complete an eight-week program this summer working as a uniformed Park Ranger. Ms. Kisthart worked to review the Park's elementary education programs, assist with the Park's public tours, catalogue books at the Park library, and staff the Visitor Center desk. She will integrate newly acquired knowledge into her classroom throughout the 2010-2011 school year and, in April, will wear her NPS uniform in class during National Park Week while discussing her summer experiences as a Park Ranger with her students.
Ms. Kisthart commented that, "I developed a yearlong lesson plan that integrates Steamtown NHS into my Social Studies unit on communities. The students will learn about many aspects of Steamtown, the steam engine, and the role railroading played in the development of our community. After my students learn about the whistle signals and hand signals, they will teach the signals to a first grade class. Additionally, my students will complete a poster project that will be displayed at Steamtown's History Museum during National Park Week. We will end our studies with a visit to Steamtown in late April. I know they will be especially excited about this part of our curriculum plans!"
The "Teacher-Ranger-Teacher" Program was made possible through a partnership agreement between the Scranton School District and the National Park Service. The "Teacher-Ranger-Teacher" program began in Colorado in 2003 and in 2007 became a nationwide program. During the summer of 2008, parks had over 90 Teacher Rangers in uniform learning about their national heritage and serving National Park visitors.
Located in downtown Scranton, Pennsylvania, Steamtown NHS is open daily from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Information on Park curriculum-based education programs may be obtained by calling (570) 340-5200 during business hours, or by visiting "For Teachers" at the Steamtown NHS web site, www.nps.gov/stea.
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