Everett Public Schools Experience History with Distrigas

The Freedom Trail Foundation Scholars Program will return to educate every Everett Public Elementary School fifth grader this academic year, thanks to Distrigas of Massachusetts.

Since 2009, Distrigas of Massachusetts’ support of the City of Everett history performances has provided the opportunity for all five Everett K-8 schools to take part in this interactive history program that strives to bring the American Revolution to life in the classroom.

Shouts of “huzzah!” and “lobsterbacks go home!” will be heard through the halls as George Kevarian School fifth graders enjoy the first of many visits to Everett. The students will take on roles during their Scholars Program on Friday, Jan. 9, at 8:30 a.m. and 9:50 a.m. at 20 Nichols St. Presented by the Freedom Trail Foundation, with presenting sponsor the Massachusetts Teachers Association, this interactive history program helps educate school children in and around Boston and throughout Massachusetts.

The Scholars Program brings the spirit and fervor of our nation’s historic fight for freedom into schools through a one-hour traveling interactive class. Two actors take on multiple roles to teach students about the major events of the American Revolution. Since its inception, more than 23,500 students have seen and been involved in the program: interacting with the performers, reading portions of important documents and declarations, and taking part in the reenactment of historic events such as the Boston Massacre, Boston Tea Party, Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride, and the Battle of Bunker Hill. Participating educators have access to the Scholars Program resource guide, which includes lesson plans and quizzes to help evaluate the effectiveness of the program.

“There’s no better way for Everett students to learn about American history than by seeing and hearing it from the Freedom Trail Scholars Program,” said Carol Churchill, Communications Manager for Distrigas of Massachusetts. “The students look forward to the interactive program, where they learn just how important the area they live in really was. We hope other companies will join us in supporting the Scholars Program in Greater Boston communities.”

The Scholars Program will make many other exciting visits during the 2014–2015 school year with additional support from John Hancock Financial, One Step Forward Education Foundation, and the Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati. Organizations and companies, such as Distrigas, are encouraged to sponsor Scholars Program visits to schools in the communities they serve.

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