Friday, September 30, 2022

NFA West Summer Bridge Program Takes Walking Tour of Newburgh

The Newburgh Free Academy West’s Summer Bridge Program recently took a walking tour of the City of Newburgh while following local stories from the Sound and Story Project of the Hudson Valley.

The Summer Bridge program allows for incoming freshman and transferred students to get acclimated to their new high school environment. Within the program, scholars are afforded the opportunity to learn off-campus through “Leave to Learn” activities.

The students’ Leave to Learn activity was a walking tour of Newburgh following local stories. Students visited three sites that highlighted the contributions of the Alsdorf family in the Newburgh Community and the African American history of the city.

One group walked to Downing Park Urban Farm where they experienced the Newburgh Urban Farm and Food Initiative. The students learned about flowers and pollinating insects from bees to Monarch butterflies. They also learned about the processes for growing and maintaining the different fruits and vegetables produced on the grounds each season. The students picked sample cherry tomatoes and sweet peppers.

For many of the participating students, the Leave to Learn activities opened them up to worlds and history they never knew existed within their community.

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