This week I also participated in an educational teachers workshop sponsored by the Missouri River Relief. We experienced 30 miles of actually being on the river with a vast array of specialists in history, wildlife, conservation and learning about learning. THANK YOU Kristen Schulte and all Missouri River Relief for your great organization!!!
This week I did not do the Y camp, but we did do Vacation Bible School at St John’s United Church of Christ (UCC) in Billingsville. The theme was Deep Sea Discovery, so we managed to learn a lot about water and many creatures every day, and decided to donate our funds to the Missouri River Relief. There were about 30 kids and with the congregations’ Sunday donation we collected $338.16.
For my first day at the Y we looked at a slide show of many past projects using a variety of recycled and found objects. To measure how much we learn, we made pictures or mind maps of all that we know about water, and talked about the goals of working as a team, having an open mind and being kind as we explore the water and our community to create something special for the museum. Special thanks to community volunteers for help at the YMCA Summer Camp: Vicki McCarroll, Patience Dorman, Joan Read, Megan Kammerich, Jessica Grathwohl, Dalton Pannell, Abby Pannell.
YAY!!! Missouri River Relief awarded a mini-grant to the YMCA, partnering the City of Boonville Tourism Office, CCBC, (Concerned citizens for a Better Community) and the Turner Hall River Rats for the Arts to work with Holly Hughes in a multi-layered project involving Missouri River education, stream cleanups and public art; BIG FISH, BIG TALES, and the BIG MUDDY, A community Art Project for Boonville, MO. This sketch shows the Missouri river, our town, and many people.
For this project we agreed that Holly would spend one day a week working with the YMCA summer camp kids, and CCBC will host COMMUNITY OPEN STUDIO on Fridays starting July 1 from 6-8pm.
THANK YOU MISSOURI RIVER RELIEF!!! a message from the president, Steve, Schnarr
Missouri River Relief is a non-profit based in Columbia, MO, that is dedicated to connecting people to the Missouri River through hands-on, on-the-river clean-ups, education and recreation. Since 2001, we've worked with 22,000 volunteers to remove 840 tons of trash from the Missouri River and her floodplain.
We believe the Missouri River is the heart of our region and that our waters reflect the care we have for the world we depend on. We want our people to be proud of and love our river! Every year we work with Central Methodist University students to clean up the river near Boonville. Our last big river clean-up in Boonville was in 2014. 200 volunteers removed 3.5 tons of junk from the river! This cleanup was followed by a wonderful River Festival with educational booths from area organizations, music and art from local students.
We are currently working on planning a river clean-up in Boonville in October of 2017.
Holly Hughes' art features projects that are Environmental Art Happenings (E.ART.H) designed to inspire creativity and increase global compassion. She creates by recycling and reusing materials in unique ways, community collaboration, environmental awareness, edible art sculptures, easy to make labyrinths, murals, nature hearts, and more.
This blog chronicles Hughes' latest community art project, Big Fish, Big Tales, and the Big Muddy, a multi-layered community art project involving Missouri River education, stream cleanups and public art.