“This was a lot of fun to do and it was even more fun to present.” -Dana Ackerman (Gaithersburg Middle School)
Through learning about the hero’s life and accomplishments, participants explored their own definitions of hero and created a presentation about what they learned. Kids’ research took advantage of the museum’s online Arago feature and other sources. Their presentations were showcased at a celebration at the National Postal Museum, and took a variety of creative formats, including theatre, a poetry reading, posters, and a Jeopardy game.
In April 2010, kids from the four Montgomery County after-school programs visited the National Postal Museum in person. They viewed a presentation of Arago given by Internet Affairs Manager Marty Emery, took a guided tour, and had a chance to explore the museum on their own. Not only was the museum a resource for learning about stamps and postal history, but it was also the space where they would present their work a month and a half later.
During the tour, kids looked at stamps through magnifying glasses, met Owney the dog, and considered the idea of everyday heroes on stamps. After-school program coordinators and Interages volunteers accompanied the kids, and they shared their own perspectives on postal history.