Leapin' Lemurs! BMS Madagscar Day Program Returns This Friday, Oct 25, 2019 from 8:00 to 11:39 am, Followed by Early Dismissal
Rhinebeck, NY and Ranomafana , Madagascar have joined forces in Madagascar Day, a cooperative effort involving Rhinebeck Central Schools, Centre Valbio Research Station in Madagascar, along with Sunshine Comes First non-profit organization, SUNY Stony Brook, Zara Aina, a non-profit organization of theater artists working with disadvantaged children in Madagascar, ENTA and Rhinebeck Science Foundation. Together, Madagascar Day is working to facilitate communication between our communities, support research and conservation efforts in Madagascar, and share experiences and cultural heritage.
Sponsored by Bulkeley Middle School, and the aforementioned organizations, Madagascar Day has worked to create a dynamic half-day in school program for all of our middle school students.
Each grade level will be focusing on a different aspect of this cultural exchange. The purpose of the 6th grade program is to teach our children about the culture and biodiversity of Madagascar. Students will have the opportunity to speak with CultureConnect Madagascar Ambassadors. Students will also be playing Malagasy games, and eating Malagasy food, prepared by local chef Colleen Bluxham. Finally, students will have the opportunity to meet lemurs from 2by2 Zoo!
The purpose of the 7th grade program is to allow a more direct and meaningful exchange of ideas and cultures with the children in Madagascar, while enhancing their understanding of Malagasy culture and the biodiversity of Madagascar. They will be doing this with the help of Zara Aina, working to synthesize their knowledge through art, and sharing that art with Ranomafana. Some students will with working with local artist Mimi Graminski to create their own paper, while others will visit the Kindergarten classrooms at CLS, sharing their time through puppet theatre.
The 8th grade students will be taking the program to the community through various service based projects including; teaching preschoolers about Madagascar, teaching dance to 2nd graders at CLS, and teaching our CLS 1st graders about deforestation. The idea behind this is to give our students a sense of purpose and the understanding that what they are doing is important and meaningful.