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Ancestor Energy–Farmer’s Markets

23 Jun

I saw Louis Alemayehu and Ancestor Energy perform poetry and music at the Farmer’s market on Lake street on June 21st. Louis is a trained and licensed teacher who has taught poetry to young people before. I think his group might be a good fit for an artist in residency or even as a visiting expert.

I also think working with a Farmer’s Market in the Summer of Fall might be a good internship experience for elementary students.

more info:


Main website for Mick Labriola (member of Ancestor Energy)



Whale’s Stomach

23 Jun


Grade: 4 and up

Time: 15-45 minutes

Materials: One plastic garbage bag containing: 1 plastic one-gallon jug and the

remnants of another; 1 trawl net float; 35 feet of nylon rope; 1 large garbage bag; 1

large blob of rubber; 10 small plastic items (e.g., plastic cups, plates, utensils, soda

bottle, clear plastic bag, any other plastic containers)

Relevant subjects: Science, Language Arts, and Social Studies


Caine’s Arcade

23 Jun

Caine’s Arcade

9-year-old Caine Monroy spent his summer vacation building an elaborate cardboard arcade inside his dad’s used auto parts store. Caine asked people to play, but no one stopped. The entire summer went by, and Caine had yet to have a single customer. Then, on the last day of summer, a filmmaker named Nirvan Mullick stopped to buy a door handle for his car. Nirvan bought a $2 FunPass and became Caine’s first customer.  Then he helped to surprise Caine with lots more customers… What happened next was magic and was captured on film! Watch the movie, and then check out Caine’s Arcade Part 2. If you like it, Share with a friend!”

This is a great example of what happens when young people have a dream and get the right support from the right adult.


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