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Wesleyan Enrichment Days

Do you miss the good ol’ days of school field trips? Got some passions, hobbies, or truth bombs to share with tweens? Check out this invitation from Becca Brand ’17 and Lily Wittrock ’17:

girls make goop at green street

Scholars in Action – a new student group that brings tutors to local middle schools – is looking for Wesleyan students to participate in its first ever Wesleyan Enrichment Days on the afternoons of April 22 and May 5!

Sign up individually or as a group to lead an engaging 40-minute workshop on a topic you’re passionate about. Lessons could cover a wide range of interests – dance, drawing, chemistry, creative writing, environmental science and more! – as long as they’re designed for a young (and antsy) audience of 8-12 people.

Students are also needed to help lead campus tours, Q&As about college life, and more. If you’re interested in a career in education or just feel like frolicking on Foss with some hilarious preteens, then this is the low-commitment volunteer opportunity for you! Email ewittrock[at]wesleyan[dot]edu and rbrand[at]wesleyan[dot]edu for more info or to discuss activity ideas.

Outreach for the Spring

Amy Zhang ’15 invites you to hang out at the super cool Mansfield Freeman Center building:

unnamed-1Love playing with kids? Want to teach them some East Asian culture through activities like dance, sushi-making, and calligraphy? Outreach at the Center for East Asian Studies is a great way to interact with the greater Middletown community, and we’re always looking for more people to get involved. You have to be free on Friday early afternoons.

Email azhang[at]wesleyan[dot]edu and mmisaki[at]wesleyan[dot]edu for more information. Sessions start this Friday!

Children in a Free Society

From outspoken right-to-sell-tobacco advocate Charlie Smith ’15:

Children are a thorny issue for any political philosophy. Do children have agency and are they truly rational actors? If not what status should they have? Are they the property of their parents, dependents of the state, or something in between?

This then leads to a host of questions regarding the values taught in publicly funded schools and the extent to which parents have discretion in disciplining their children.

Come join Wesleyan Students for a Free Society tomorrow night to discuss these questions and many more.

Date: Tomorrow, March 5
Time: 8:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Place: 41 Wyllys Room 111
Cost: Free

That Group That Reads To Children Info Session

  Dale Glasspiegel ’13 writes in:

This is: That Group That Reads To Children (and does a lot of other cool stuff too!)! On a weekly basis (or more), you can go into preschools and read to a classroom of students for 10-15 minutes, and then spend the rest of the time free-playing, making crafts, playing outside, playing music, giving more individualized lessons, helping out the teachers, etc.

There are 7 preschools within walking distance that we will volunteer at: Head Start, Preschool Town and Country, Even Start, the 2 Neighborhood Preschools, Christ Lutheran, and St. Mary’s.

Laughing Meditation During Lunch

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Jenessa Duncombe ’14 invites you to come laugh cry snort chuckle chortle slap-yo’-knee giggle shriek titter guffaw hee-haw whoop cachinnate cackle roar snicker grin… every Wednesday Lunch in the Mediation Room in the Memorial Chapel from 12:30-12:55 with your friends from Buddhist House.

Experts have noted that Laughing Mediation may cause:

  • smiling
  • warmness
  • a feeling of togetherness
  • lowering of those naughty stress hormones
  • COMPLETE and TOTAL contentment.

Consider yourself warned.

When? Every Wednesday! 12:30-12:55 pm
Where? That beautiful room underneath the chapel

Education Policy Speaker Series: Beth Bye

Andy Ribner ’14 believes that you may be interested in politics, education, and other important topics. If so:

From Wikipedia:

“Bye is a long-time resident of West Hartford and was first elected to the school board in 2001. She is the former director of Trinity
College Community Child Care and the School for Young Children at Saint Joseph College. Beth has been involved with the development of 3 preschool facilities since 2000: The School for Young Children in West Hartford, The Charter School for Young Children in Hartford and The Wintonbury Early Childhood Magnet School in Bloomfield.

Little Sweet Potato Reading

Way back in the torrid days of July, we posted about Little Sweet Potato, a brand new children’s book by alumnus and writer-in-residence Amy Bloom ’75. Maybe you’re fond of Bloom’s latest literary turn. Maybe you’re such a fan that you want to paint a bunch of little kids’ faces while Bloom reads her book. Izzy Rhode ’14 can hook you up:

We need volunteers!

On October 11th, from 10:15-11:30am, Amy Bloom will be reading her children’s book, Little Sweet Potato, to a bunch of adorable kids from the Neighborhood Preschool and other faculty and staff children. There will also be face-painting and the decoration of little sweet potatoes (arts and crafts).

We need children corral-ers, face-painters, and people to help with crafts. Contact Izzy, irode@wes, if you’re down to have a good time with some great kids for an hour and half!

Contact: irode@wes

Join WesReads/WesMath Tutoring

From Rebecca Coven ’13:

Want to work with kids as cute as these? Tutor with WesReads/WesMath this semester and work with students on their math and reading skills at MacDonough Elementary School right here in Middletown! You only need to be able to dedicate ONE hour of your time per week in order to be involved.

We will be holding three brief information/training sessions at the Office of Community Service (167 High) next week for new tutors. Sessions will be held on:

  • Tues., Feb. 7: 5-6 pm
  • Wed., Feb. 8: noon -1 pm
  • Thurs., Feb. 9: 7:30 – 8:30 pm

Sign up here for one training session in order to tutor this semester.  Learn more about us on our website or email us at wes.reads.math(at)gmail(dot)com with questions!

Date: February 7, 8, 9
Time: 5 pm, noon, 7:30 pm, respectively
Place: Office of Community Service (167 High)

Green Street Wants You

Looking for a new on-campus job? Like working with kids? Want to make a difference in the Middletown Community? Come work at the Green Street Arts Center!

But really, how can you say no to this face?

the face that launched 1000 friendships

Green Street is a non-profit afterschool center run by Wesleyan for students of Middletown public schools. We are looking for energetic, dedicated and creative staff for the spring semester. Work-study and non-work study students are welcome. Open positions include teaching artists, tutors, and support staff. If you’re interested, send a cover letter to greenst(at)wesleyan(dot)edu and fill out the online application here!