SHS Pilots Bronx Children’s Museum Program
May 28, 2014
Sacred Heart is thrilled to be a part of an educational pilot program, Little Friends of High Bridge (LFHB), through the Bronx Children’s Museum.
The program provides an opportunity for children in the Highbridge neighborhood to learn more about the landmark “High Bridge” and the Harlem River, which are just a few blocks away from Sacred Heart. The Bronx Children’s Museum, Highbridge Community Life Center, Bronx Historical Society and NYC Department of Environmental Education launched LFHB as a way to celebrate the upcoming reopening of the High Bridge.
The main goal of the program is to use the High Bridge as a tool to understand Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) topics. Representatives from the Bronx Children’s Museum provided an introductory course for the Pre-K through 2nd grade teachers who are participating in LFHB. To guide their instruction, the teachers received resources including a book of comprehensive lesson plans and digital and physical picture sets of bridges, rivers and river animals. Sacred Heart students will also be some of the first recipients of a book about the High Bridge written by Bronx native and Sesame Street star, Sonia Manzano.
One of the highlights of LFHB is the Bronx Children’s Museum mobile river exhibit. Since it is difficult to coordinate field trips to the High Bridge and Harlem River, the museum has created a bus whose inside is transformed into the riverfront. When students boarded the bus, they felt like they were on the banks of the Harlem River even though they were right in front of Sacred Heart!
Kindergarten student Diem J. felt like she was on an adventure when she got on the bus. “We pretended that we were explorers! I saw a skunk, chipmunk and squirrel!”
We are eager to continue the exploration with LFHB next year!