Educators connect with community
Last week, teachers from the local schools milled on Main Street, stopping to check out the renovated Mega-Genius Supply Store and IQ Headquarters or to learn about the free programs at the Park City Museum. It was the second annual Educator’s Night, an event sponsored by the educational nonprofits on Main Street as a way to inform teachers what opportunities there are for students.
"It’s a great way to make connection with the schools," said Jenny Diersen, Education Director at the Kimball Arts Center. "Teachers are always looking for new, innovative ways to teach children in their classrooms, and this is an opportunity to share what we do what we have with students and teachers."
Starting at the Kimball Arts Center, teachers mingled and snacked, listening to presentations. The event included three locations for teachers to visit: the Kimball Arts Center, the Park City Museum and the Mega-Genius Supply Store.
"This is where we can talk about what we do," said Jenette Purdy, The Park City Museum Director of Education. "Teachers are free to wander, to explore our facilities and get an idea of what we offer."
"I noticed the event was bigger too," she added. "It was a great evening to meet teachers, including some that I hadn’t worked with before."
More teachers are taking advantage of the program, including some from Wasatch Front school districts. The event attracted nearly double the number of participants since last year, Diersen said.
"This was my first year going," said Andrea Solum, a third-grade teacher at Trailside Elementary School. "I just wanted to check it out, to see what Park City had to offer."
From Mega-Genius programming to the free admission for students and teachers from Summit and Wasatch counties, Solum said she was excited to learn more about the educational opportunities in the community.
"Mega-Genius is incredible, and it is so underutilized," Solum added. "Any kid can be dropped off and they can go and play games or work on homework I want to type up a blurb and give it to parents at Parent-Teacher Night. Hopefully, someone take advantage of it."
Solum was one in a crowd of people looking for educational opportunities the purpose of the event to connect the community and the local schools. Both Purdy and Diersen said they hope to continue the event next Fall, growing the event itself and its reach.
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