On Saturday, March 11th, eight students and their families joined Brashear staff and volunteers from North Allegheny High School for an afternoon at the Heinz History Center. History Center staff, Nathan Rodda visited us back in January to talk about their exhibit on historical toys and was our host for our field trip, sharing information and fun activities in the History Center's different exhibits.
#PIXburgh was all about photography as a science, art, and means to document our history. We used iPads to collage images that students took in the different sections of the exhibit, meanwhile, learning about Pittsburgh through historical photographs and videos. Our students loved experiencing the early 3D technology of the stereoscope.
In the Discovery Place, students were transported us back in time using green screen technology!
The best part of the day is always spending time together and learning about each other's families. Thank you again to all the staff at the Heinz History Center for their thoughtful lessons. We'll be back at the History Center in October for our 100th anniversary celebration!
This past Wednesday, March 8th, was International Women's Day- a day of recognition and remembrance of the movements for women's rights over the past century. Specifically, this year highlighted the 1909 strike of the International Ladies Garment Worker's Union in New York- who fought for equal rights in the workplace, in government, and at home. While half of our student's were busy with Strong Women, Strong Girls programming, we gathered the boys into the back classroom to facilitate a discussion around this significant day. We discussed how many women were 'on strike' today here and internationally- and why this might be occurring. Our staff all sported red and black to honor this day! These are difficult but necessary conversations to have, especially when bringing up the gender pay gap, the S.T.E.A.M. gap, and other issues of gender and racial inequality. After our discussion, we passed out red paper to continue with our theme and asked our boys to write letters of appreciation to important women in their lives. The cards could also be for women in the neighborhood, such as our lovely crossing guard who ensures our safety each and every day, and the founder of A Giving Heart who runs a dinner program for the kids in our neighborhood throughout the week.
We loved doing this civics lesson with the boys, and hope it served as a reminder that awareness and appreciation makes a difference!
We believe it is important to spread our healthy eating initiative to other youth in the Hilltop neighborhoods. This month, The Brashear Association held the first food and garden club with the Neighborhood Learning Alliance at Arlington K-8!
Our first lesson was the ever-popular Brashear Kids tropical fruit smoothie! This is an easy and versatile recipe that kids can make at home. We used blueberries, peaches, strawberries, bananas and pineapple juice. The students had the great idea of adding yogurt and spinach in the future! They especially enjoyed adding and blending the ingredients. Check out our group picture below. Cheers!
After our smoothie was complete, they raced to finish a fun fact crossword puzzle full of banana and strawberry anecdotes! Did you know the first banana split was created in Latrobe, PA?
Stay tuned for more food adventures with the students of the Neighborhood Learning Alliance!