27 January 2010

New Brunswick Museum Launches Kids’ Guide

 

Volunteers from Prince Charles School have been recognized for their assistance in developing a Kids’ Guide to the New Brunswick Museum. A group of 16 students from the Grade 4 and Grade 5 classes visited the Museum last spring with their teachers. They explored the Museum galleries and created art and writing featuring the highlights of the Museum for inclusion in a Guide for other young visitors.

Graphic designers highlighted the students’ “must sees” on a layout of each of the 3 floors of the Museum. Along with the students’ art and writing, pages were added for those using the Guide to create their own notes, drawings and memories.

Teachers Susan Thompson and Amanda Hazelwood commented that “the students took their role very seriously, wanting to create a guide which would assist other young people and their families in exploring the New Brunswick Museum.” Highlights for the students included a Japanese kimono featured in the Decorative Arts gallery, the magnificent Hall of the Great Whales, a hair-raising hair curler and the gull-winged Bricklin.

When families visit the Museum, staff observe that young people already have favourite spots they want to revisit, from previous school trips.  The Kids’ Guide provides the opportunity for them to be the tour guide for the rest of their family.

New Brunswick Museum CEO Jane Fullerton commented that “we are delighted to be a partner in the PALS program and recognize the work of this group of very special young volunteers.  The students, with the help of their teachers, have taken their role as guides very seriously, and many other visitors will make their own special Museum discoveries as a result.”

Funding for the project was provided by the Greater Saint John Community Foundation and the City of Saint John Community Arts Funding Program.  Through PALS (Partners Assisting Local Schools), transportation was provided for the students to make a number of trips to explore the Museum at Market Square.  Lori Doyle, Principal of Prince Charles School, commented that “Our PALS are always there to support us in so many ways and we are always so pleased when we can give back to them. This project presents us with that opportunity!”

The colourful Kids’ Guide, featuring writing and drawing created by students from Prince Charles School, is available to visitors in French and English as part of their Museum regular admission.  This appealing Guide is sure to be a hit with New Brunswick Museum visitors of all ages.

For further information:

Vita Kipping, New Brunswick Museum, 506 643-2358