News Briefs, Nov. 22, 2019

November 22, 2019 | Volume 50, Number 23

The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate (Boston) in October launched Welcoming Words, a K-2 civic education program to introduces young students to an important United States symbol – the Statue of Liberty – and the role she plays as welcomer-in-chief to immigrants. The Welcoming Words program features an interactive tour with key stops of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute visitor experience including a visit to the Institute’s full-scale replica of the United States Senate Chamber. The tour is followed by a reading and discussion of the nonfiction children’s book Her Right Foot by Dave Eggers, and the opportunity for participants to create art that represents their own symbols of welcome. The Institute team continued to refine the program and mapped its activities to educational standards contained within Massachusetts curriculum frameworks in preparation for making Welcoming Words available as an educational offering that can be booked in advance.

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