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Bristol Warren Sense of Pride students learned about their town’s unique history, architecture and natural environment through in-class presentations, field trips and independent activities. 

This year Mosaico is pleased to have BankFive as its newest sponsor and supporter! Thank you!!

In surveys completed after the program’s completion, students sang the program’s praises saying things like:    

I really enjoyed learning about Bristol! 
I love history!  It is so exciting!
Sense of Pride helped me understand my town.
I wish that we could do that all over again.  I really enjoyed it!
Sense of Pride was a great experience!

Click HERE for a link to a short video of Ms. Power’s 4th grade class singing “Proud to be a Bristolian” which two students wrote at the program’s conclusion.

Fundraising and grant writing for Sense of Pride took place throughout the year, but the school-based activities began in mid-March with the distribution of the Student Activity Books.   The Activity Books were used as a resource throughout the program and included written activities such as: “Spoken History” in which students learned how to take an oral history; “My Life In…” in which students placed themselves in a period from Bristol’s past and described a typical day; and “What is Community Service?”  In the weeks that followed, Mosaico educators went in to the schools to present illustrated talks on the histories of Bristol and Warren, and on the treasure trove of architecture held by each town.

The classroom presentations prepared students for the downtown Walking Tours, which were, as always, a real highlight of the program.  With the help of more than 20 local historians, architects and preservationists, students explored their historic town centers, learned to identify architectural features, discussed significant buildings, and got a wonderful dose of history and local lore.  The students, and their teachers and chaperones, always come away from the tours amazed at all they’ve learned and eager to share their knowledge.  As in the past, students documented their tours by taking notes and photographs (cameras and developing supplied by Mosaico), which were later used to make scrapbooks and to illustrate independent projects.  A copy of the Walking Tour Guide was also included in the Student Activity Book.

The Community Service Days, which took place in the first few weeks of June, were also a great success.  While the specific projects and locations were different for each school, all students met with Save Bristol Harbor volunteers to learn about their local waters using the Watershed Model. This tabletop model gives students a first hand, interactive look into the way pollutants make their way from our roads, fields and factories into Narragansett Bay and the Kickemuit River.  We are extremely grateful to SBH volunteers for taking time out of their busy days to share their interest and expertise with the students.