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StoryWalk In Williamstown
09:57AM / Friday, September 18, 2020
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. —  St. John's and First Church have collaborated on a StoryWalk featuring the book "The Day You Begin."    Families are invited to take a walk through town and read the pages of "The Day You Begin," by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by Rafael López, that have been posted throughout the downtown.   The pages have been posted at intervals, beginning in front of St. John's Church at 35 Park St. and ending in front of the First Congregational Church office on Chapin Hall Drive.   he local initiative was sparked by St. John's member Sarah Olsen in collaboration with education directors Sloane Torres of St.

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Berkshire Museum Offers Virtual After School Program
12:05PM / Thursday, September 17, 2020
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Enrollment for the Berkshire Museum After School program After-School@Home is now open.   The Berkshire Museum will host After-School@Home through the fall and bring lessons on science, history, art, and culture directly to students' homes.    "We realize that remote schooling has changed the way everyone is learning this year, so supporting educators and students is one of our top priorities," Jeff Rodgers, the Berkshire Museum's Executive Director said. "Our after-school programs complement classroom learning, encourage curious kids to explore new ideas, and they also happen to be great fun.”   The first

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Berkshire United Way Teams Up With Ready4K
08:59AM / Thursday, September 17, 2020
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire United Way (BUW) and Northern Berkshire United Way (NBUW) have partnered with Ready4K to provide Berkshire families with educational facts and on their cell phones.    To support early childhood education, BUW and NBUW have teamed up with Ready4K to help support early childhood education through a text messaging program.   According to BUW and NBUW, based on research conducted in a recent 2019 Early Childhood Assessment and Sustainability report, Civitas Strategies found that bolstering the services available to directly serve parents and caregivers has the greatest potential to positively influence the overall well-being of the family unit

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OLLI, 1Berkshire & BIC Launch Transformative Technology Fall Series
09:52AM / Wednesday, September 16, 2020
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — 1Berkshire, The Berkshire Innovation Center (BIC) and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Berkshire Community College (OLLI) announced the launch of "The Impact of Transformational Technologies on Work and Society" series.    This eight-week course of weekly webinars will bring regional, national, and global experts and leaders together to share and discuss key technologies impacting a broad spectrum of individual and societal realms, with a focus on how they impact rural regions like Berkshire County.   "This is a groundbreaking initiative and a creative collaboration that we hope will inspire greater economic and community

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North Adams Schools to Begin Hybrid Instruction on Sept. 21
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
07:16PM / Tuesday, September 08, 2020
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The School Committee approved an agreement with the teachers' union that would begin hybrid learning on Sept. 21.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The School Committee and the teachers' union have signed an agreement to begin the shift from remote to partial in-school learning starting Sept. 21.    All students — except those who have opted for full remote — are expected to be on the hybrid schedule by Oct. 8.    The committee voted in August to start the year fully remote on Sept. 15 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, leaving the transition to a hybrid learning plan open-ended until a memorandum of agreement could be negotiated with the North

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Williams College to Award Bicentennial Medal to Wole Coaxum at Convocation
03:04PM / Tuesday, September 08, 2020
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College will present a Bicentennial Medal to alumnus Wole Coaxum at the fall convocation.   Coaxum, class of 1992 and founder of Mobility Capital Finance, will be presented the medal Saturday, Sept. 12, during the virtual convocation ceremony.   The son of Williams College's first Black president of the Society of Alumni, Coaxum left behind his managing director position at J.P. Morgan after Michael Brown was killed in Ferguson, Mo. That event compelled him to think about how he could leverage his Wall Street experience and contacts to address the racial wealth gap. He founded one of the few Black-owned finance technology startups to

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Northern Berkshire Students Garden Virtually
04:00AM / Saturday, September 05, 2020
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Northern Berkshire 2020 Summer Youth Works program went virtual this year with a seven-week virtual gardening Program.   The Northern Berkshire Summer Youth program typically places students in paid internships with local companies but, like most things this year, COVID-19 forced the Berkshire Workforce Board (BWB) to adapt.   Through funding from the First Congregational Church of Williamstown and MountainOne, the BWB converted programming to a seven-week virtual gardening program.   The Berkshire Workforce Board partnered with Greenagers, a youth environment group, who supplied each student with a container garden. Greenagers provided lessons

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The Berkshire Museum Helps Families Prepare for a Different Kind of Kindergarten
04:16PM / Thursday, September 03, 2020
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  PITTSFIELD, Mass. The Berkshire Museum launched a new series this week dedicated to preparing young children and their caregivers for the first days of kindergarten.    The new digital content, located here, includes an updated digital edition of the museum's award-winning publication "In Kindergarten" in addition to fun, age-appropriate videos that teach essential kindergarten skills and explore pandemic precautions for early learners.    "Since 2014, the Berkshire Museum has played a role in every Berkshire County child's transition to formal education with 'In Kindergarten' and our popular Kindergarten Day events," Jeff

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North Adams School Committee OKs Golf, Cross Country for Fall
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:44AM / Thursday, September 03, 2020
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The School Committee on Tuesday voted to move football and soccer to the so-called "Fall II" and to allow golf and cross country to go ahead with precautions.    The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association last week released final guides for fall high school sports in light of the novel coronavirus pandemic. The concept of a Fall II had been approved earlier for football and other high contact sports to be played  between February and April.   "It would basically run dates to be determined but between the winter, and the spring season so for our district probably mid-March to the end of April," said Athletic

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North Adams Schools Use $1M in Grants to Prepare for School Year
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:43PM / Wednesday, September 02, 2020
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The North Adams Public Schools has received more than $1 million grants to aid it in shifting to remote learning or, later on, a hybrid model of learning.    The grants will fund a range of technology and support materials as well as a coordinator of digital learning and instructional technology.   "North Adams was recently the recipient of a rather large remote-learning grant that has allowed us to really think about how we would utilize that those funds to support our teachers this year, knowing that we will be highly dependent on remote learning, whether it's hybrid or fully remote," Superintendent Barbara Malkas told the committee

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