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Museum Night Puts Elementary School and Cooperstown Grad Program on Display

| April 13, 2017
A girl points at a quilt.

First-grade students made a Community Quilt for Museum Night.

Cooperstown Elementary School was transformed into a museum Wednesday, April 12, and it was awesome! The special event was the culmination of months of work through a collaboration between the Cooperstown Graduate Program and Cooperstown Elementary School.

Many thanks is due to the wonderful groups and individuals in the community. Special thanks to the Cooperstown Foundation for Excellence in Education for helping to fund Museum Night!

The Cooperstown Graduate Program has worked hard with each class and helped them present exhibits that include a gallery of living portraits; podcasts about the bald eagles of Otsego Lake; 3-D maps of the Cooperstown area throughout the ages and many more.

The Cooperstown Graduate Program is a partnership between SUNY Oneonta and the New York State Historical Association and is proving to pay dividends for the Elementary School this year. Two interns working with the Science Museum Studies Master’s Degree Program at the Cooperstown Graduate Program are working once or twice a week in the elementary school to bring some unique programming to students at each grade level.

Elementary Principal Ann Meccariello said the partnership is a boon for the elementary students, as well as the graduate students.

Two graduate students are seen with the elementary principal.

Graduate students Christine Scales, left, and Luke Murhy, right, are joined by Elementary Principal Ann Meccariello.

“Interns have worked with students and teachers throughout the year, taking field trips to local places and using the many resources in our community,” Mrs. Meccariello said earlier this year.

The graduate students working on the year-long project are Christine Scales and Luke Murphy.

Museum night is generously funded by the Cooperstown Foundation for Excellence in Education.

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