Roberto Clemente School No. 8 Students Get Unique Look at Early America
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January 10, 2017 Laurie Buckley, Rochester City School District
STUDENTS AT ROBERTO CLEMENTE SCHOOL NO. 8
GET UNIQUE LOOK AT EARLY AMERICA
Students and staff from Roberto Clemente School No. 8
Staff from Project U.N.I.Q.U.E.
Celebration of Learning
Wednesday, January 11, 2017, 8:30 – 9:40 a.m.
Roberto Clemente School No. 8 (cafeteria/auditorium)
1180 St. Paul Street
Three classes of fourth-grade students have been investigating how interdependence influences the success of a community through an Expedition on the Haudenosaunee and Colonial America.
Project U.N.I.Q.U.E artist Maria Scipione has been integrating her theater residency with the study by guiding students as they become individuals from colonial times. With their teachers and Ms. Scipione, students have explored the following – how individuals in colonial communities depended on and supported each other; how to change one’s posture, gestures, expressions and voice for a given character; and how to write historical fiction.
Students also visited the Rochester Museum and Science Center, where they learned from local Haudenosaunee artisans and storytellers, and an expert from the Genesee Country Village and Museum visited the school, providing additional lessons on colonial times. At this culminating event on Wednesday, students will enact their individual characters with props and costumes.
This is the first program of the Gisela Fritzsching Memorial Residency Fund to honor the memory of the beloved Brockport professor and theater artist who died last year. Gisela was one of the first artists in Project U.N.I.Q.U.E.’s Artists-in-Residence Program for the Rochester City School District in 1974 and served in the program for decades. Maria Scipione was one of Gisela’s students at SUNY Brockport. At School No. 8, Maria has passed on Gisela’s love of children and learning through the arts. This residency was made possible by donations to Project U.N.I.Q.U.E. in Gisela's memory.