ERIC Number: ED337009
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Reference Count: N/A
Brothers Grimm Bicentenntial: Blueprint for a Community Celebration.
Novak, Sigrid Scholtz
Faculty at McNeese State University (Louisiana) and local civic, educational, and cultural groups encouraged their community to commemorate the anniversary of the births of Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, German scholars who recorded fairy tales, myths, legends, and folk songs that are now an important part of the western world's cultural heritage, through a series of programs and performances. First, interested collaborators were located in the community and in national organizations. Brainstorming was used to identify potential projects, which then were accomplished separately. A newsletter for communication of involved individuals provided information exchange, moral support, and program momentum. Stories were written for the local media for publicity, enhancing coverage. Participants were given both public and individual recognition for project completion, and awards were given to main organizers. The main projects were: a successful school system-wide reading project organized by librarians, including a reading challenge and series of creative literature-based activities; German cultural activities in many schools; art projects involving professional artists and children of all ages; and public play productions. The celebration reached many segments of the community through creative and enjoyable activities, achieving more than its original goal, and will be expanded to other cultural topics in the future. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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Identifiers: Grimm (Jacob); Grimm (Wilhelm); McNeese State University LA
Note: In: Planning for Proficiency. Dimension: Language '86. Report of the Southern Conference on Language Teaching, p23-28, 1987; see FL 019 583.