SOCIAL STUDIES give a human context for reality
What we did . . . shows what we can do.
To put more SOCIAL STUDIES into daily lives of Morgan county residents, FAST began with travel grants to six Morgan County students to compete in the national Academic Olympics in New Orleans. Ever since, we encouraged local members to take part in games about the reality around us. We partner with the Morgan County Library and the Star Theater to host the annual Great Gray Matter Challenge, a community literacy activity covering all four general fields of the Forum’s interest. The annual Challenge continues successfully to collect funds for the Morgan County Library’s Literacy Fund. Funds from the Literacy Fund supported purchase of new bookmarks for the Library and covered travel expenses for the Summer Reading Program. The social dynamics of sharing information is an integral part of our role in informal community education.
We have great talent in Morgan County. Our “BookWorms” team swept all four sections of the 2015 Brain Games of the Literacy Volunteers of the Eastern Panhandle. At the 2017 Brain Games, the BookWorms won one section and placed second in the overall standing.
The Morgan County Library and FAST held community discussions about computerized access to the rules by which people and local government work together (i.e., The West Virginia Code). They made a checklist to use as you follow the WV code about WV Open Governmental Proceedings Act; The Comprehensive Plan; Local Powers Act; State Building Codes; Land Use Planning.
Advanced travel awards in social studies were made to Lesley Yost for study in Taiwan and to Conrad Shaun for study in Nanjing, China with the Study Abroad program of West Virginia University. Support was given to the local Civil War Historical society for a public marker sign. Songwriter contests made three awards from 17 songs about “Social Justice” and three awards from 10 songs about “Morgan County Life”. Travel awards supported Wind Dance Farm students to learn about West Virginia ecology and share that information with County residents. Other awards supported travel expenses for artists’ presentations of historic personages, a living history program supported by the Morgan County Public Library.