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Hudson Valley Writing Project Makes History Come Alive Through Project Write

Publication: Poughkeepsie Journal
Date: June 6, 2013

Summary: Through a collaborative effort with the National Parks Service, the Hudson Valley Writing Project has made available to students the opportunity to write in and be inspired by the homes of FDR, Eleanor Roosevelt, and the Vanderbilts.


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The Hudson Valley Writing Project at SUNY New Paltz and the National Park Service are collaborating to offer Project Write, a program that allows students in grades seven through 12 to explore and write at the inspiring homes of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt, and the Vanderbilts.

The program will be taught by two Hudson Valley Writing Project social studies teachers, Eric Fiore and Dawn Vandervloed, and National Park Service Educational Specialist Susanne Norris.

'There's a great untapped resource here,' Fiore said in a news release, 'Eleanor and FDR are such important figures. It's mind-numbing to think they lived so close by.'

The program's goal is to make history real for students as they hike the properties and visit the archives, taking a close look at original documents."

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