2009-05-28 / News

Island residents, business owners share expertise with students

By Eileen M. Daly

This year's Island Treasures, a program designed to connect students with the community, promises to be an exceptional experience. Students in grades five through eight will participate in the interactive, experiential learning workshops on Friday, May 29.

Sponsored by the Jamestown School Department and the Lawn Avenue School Improvement Team, the Island Treasures day is fun and educational. Coordinator Sally Schott has put together an exciting line-up of island residents and businesses representatives and has drawn in some brand new presenters for this year's Island Treasures. Workshops will be presented in morning and afternoon sessions. Students will be allowed to pick two workshops to attend.

"We really wanted to bring in some new presenters, especially individuals who have not previously been involved with the schools," Schott said. "The whole idea of the Island Treasures is to bring the community and the schools together."

With that in mind, it appears that this year's Island Treasures day is poised to be a smash hit. Assistant Attorney Generals Randy White and Steve Regine will present a workshop called, "Innocent Until Proven Guilty." Real case examples will be presented to students to help them understand the roles of prosecutors, defense attorneys and the police in determining guilt and innocence. Students will take the roles of lawyers who question witnesses and argue cases.

The "Carousel Organs, Music Boxes and Nickelodeons," workshop will be held offsite at the home of Gale and Gerry Bay. The Bays will share their collection of carousel organs, music boxes, and Nickelodeons, including some that are 10-foot tall and others that play banjos, violins and pianos. They will also provide rides for students on their three-horse carousel.

Craig Watson, associate artistic director of the Trinity Repertory Company, will present the workshop called, "Imagination, Improvisation, and Acting." Students will be encouraged to explore basic techniques of acting in the theater.

Albert Gamble, chief photographer at WJAR-TV, will present "Telling Stories with Video." Students will learn about the news business and will examine the various pieces of equipment that go into producing the news. They will learn the uses of news cameras, lights, and audio gear and will gain an understanding of the elements needed to tell a story through video.

Lisa Kasabian and Christina Moorhead will present, "Clothing Design." Students will learn about clothing design and will make a skirt during the workshop that will be raffled off at the end of the presentation.

Professional cartographer, Mary Hutchinson, will present "Explore Our World Through GIS and Maps." Hutchinson promises to take students behind the scenes to learn about Google Earth, MapQuest and the world of GIS.

Presenters Jack Hubbard and Jim Tureenne will take students on a walk through the Cottrell Glen property of the Conanicut Island Land Trust during the "Jamestown's Protected Places" workshop. Students will hear about the importance of the land trust and will explore evidence of the activities of deer, coyotes and birds.

"Keen Footwear: Turning a Simple Design into a Successful Brand" will be presented by Martin Keen, founder of Keen footwear. Keen will take students through the step-by-step process he used to turn his simple idea into a multi-million dollar international company.

In years past, the "House of Pizza," workshop has been immensely popular with students. The allure of learning the fine art of pizza preparation, presented by Fred Bingell, has proven irresistible to students of all ages.

Other workshop choices include "Design Your Own Home," presented by Ron DiMauro, Laurie Keene, and Greg Pearson, "Lighthouses, Shipwrecks, and Fog Signal," presented by Linda and George Warner and "Power Up Your Public Presentations," presented by Kathleen Brown.

The Jamestown Fire Department will present "Fire and Rescue," Sgt. Angela Deneault and Officer Scott Sullivan will give a talk on "Law Enforcement," Anthony Rafanelli will give an insight into engineering during "Engineerama," and B.J. Whitehouse will talk about Jamestown's feathered friends in "Birding in Jamestown."

"The Real Dirt on Jamestown Farms," will be presented by Bob Sutton, Linda Sutton and Carol Trocki, "Honeybees and Beekeeping in Jamestown," is a presentation by Julie Kallfelz and Clifford Kurz, "Habitat and Habitat Restoration," is presented by Quentin Anthony, State Representative Deb Ruggiero will talk about "Common Good and Common Ground-Making a Difference in Public Service."

Local architect Lisa Carlisle will talk about "What's its Like to be an Architect?" Jane Bentley will take a step back in time with "A Walk Back in History," and "911 Jamestown," will be presented by members of Jamestown's Emergency Medical Services.

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