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BRIDGE Program Receives Distinguished Award

A program that connects elementary students in Geneva with Hobart and William Smith Colleges students studying abroad has been awarded.

(May 22, 2003) GENEVA, N.Y.—The Wayne-Finger Lakes Area Council for the Social Studies awarded the BRIDGE program at Hobart and William Smith Colleges its Distinguished Social Studies Program award for the elementary level. Hobart and William Smith faculty members received the award at the council's annual meeting on May 15.

Each year Wayne-Finger Lakes Area Council for the Social Studies presents a series of awards to area people who have distinguished themselves, either as a result of their individual performances as classroom teachers, or as designers and/or contributors to outstanding programs. This year three Distinguished Social Studies Program awards were given, one at the elementary level, one at the middle school level, and one at the high school level. Among the factors considered when the decision is made are pedagogical strength, academic rigor connected to demonstrated student success, uniqueness, interdisciplinarity, and multi-level nature of the application.

The Awards Committee was impressed by the way West Street School, North Street School, and the Colleges cooperated in offering a program that served the educational needs of students at each of the participating institutions.

BRIDGE stands for Bringing Relevant Dialogue to Global Education, and aims to enhance the curriculum of local elementary school students by giving them a near first-hand look at life in another country. For the past three years the BRIDGE project has enabled elementary students in Geneva to connect with Hobart and William Smith Colleges students studying abroad.

The people listed as active participants are Kim Case and Marlene Young at West Street School; Peter Loveland, Christine Taylor, and Concetta Wooster-Valliere at North Street School; Scott Brophy (professor of philosophy), Kay Kelly (international student adviser), Gretchen Lasda (a member of the William Smith Class of 2004), Jim MaKinster (assistant professor of education), Lilian Sherman (assistant professor of education), and Nicole Traino (a member of the William Smith Class of 2004) at Hobart and William Smith.

Wayne-Finger Lakes Area Council for the Social Studies is a regional New York State professional organization consisting of people who are involved in social studies education at the elementary, secondary, or post-secondary level. During the academic year it offers workshops and programs designed to meet the needs of social studies teachers.

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