College to collaborate with schools on
DANVILLE, KY - Centre College students will be joined by elementary,
middle and high school students when the Danville area begins fall preparations
for the vice presidential debate to be held on the Centre campus. In a press
conference held today at Centre, students ranging from second grade through
high school announced plans for such activities as an interactive museum
and a concert of patriotic music.
One elementary school plans to build a giant paper mache elephant and
a donkey to grace its school lawn, while a high school will gives its seniors
a chance to become registered voters and practice using a voting machine.
Milton Reigelman, a Centre English professor who chairs a debate committee
on educational outreach, said at today's press conference that the college's
highest priority for the debate is to generate educational experiences.
"Our intent, from the beginning," Reigelman said, "was to
bring the debate to Centre so our students could witness electoral politics
up close. Many of the local public schools stepped forward to enthusiastically
endorse our application, and we realized that they shared our vision. Now
that we have secured the debate, we have begun the process of planning activities
that will bring it alive at every grade level."
The press briefing included announcements of debate-related educational
activities planned by Centre, the Danville Independent Schools, the Boyle
County Schools and Kentucky School for the Deaf. A sampling of activities:
· Classic film series on debate or election themes.
· Arthur Schlesinger Jr. to lecture on campus (Sept. 25).
· Norton Center for the Arts is open for tours of set construction
· Free seminars on debate day on election topics
· Dramatic characterization of Frederick Douglass
· Enactment of a Lincoln-Douglas debate.
Danville Independent Schools
· Student political campaign (Hogsett Elementary School)
· Concert of patriotic music (Jennie Rogers Elementary School )
· Make giant paper mache elephant and donkey for front lawn (Toliver
· Student-produced public service ads (Bate Middle School)
· Interactive museum - "Americana: A Salute to Uncle Sam"
(Danville High School )
Boyle County Schools
· Living history display (Woodlawn Elementary School)
· Students in authentic costumes demonstrating 19th-century toys
and games manufactured by the 1860's Reproductions Company, a student business
devised to teach economics, mathematics, marketing and history (Perryville
· Parade float (Boyle County Middle School)
· Register seniors to vote and orient them to voting machines (Boyle
County High School )
Kentucky School for the Deaf
· Leadership training program for deaf and hard-of-hearing high school
· Student government debate culminating in elections the week of
· Tours of deaf education museum housed in Jacobs Hall.
· Sponsorship of sign-language interpreters for debate media hall.
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Contacts for this story:
Centre College: Milton Reigelman, 859-238-5287. Email: email@example.com
Danville Independent Schools: David Davis, 859-238-1300. DDavis@danville.k12.ky.us
Boyle County Schools: Paul Elwyn, 859-236-5047.
Kentucky School for the Deaf: Artie Grassman, 859-239-7017, ext. 2002.
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