Find Your Inner Teacher – Volunteer Opportunities!

Find Your Inner Teacher

By Linda E. Saris and Glenn Burns

Perhaps you have raised children and, like most parents, helped them with homework and surrounded them with enriching extracurricular opportunities and lots of wanted (and unwanted) advice. Or perhaps you are working, studying or retired and have an interest in passing down you expertise to the next generation.

As students yourselves you knew which teachers were great – the ones that sent home interesting projects – the ones that stimulated you (or your child) to think and explore new ideas.

So now is your chance to bring out your inner teacher and translate your skills and experience as a professional (or parent) or a hobbyist with a particular expertise and get a group of middle schools excited to learn more.

LEAP for Education and the Salem Public Schools are partnering to provide all the 6th and 7th graders with the opportunity to expand their horizons and learn and do something new in STEM, Digital Design, Media and Marketing, Arts, Business, Law, Government, Civic Engagement or Fitness.

The success of this enrichment opportunity will require the recruitment of twenty volunteer community instructors to share their experiences.

What does a community instructor look like? We are looking for professionals (current or retired), college students or parents. No teaching experience is required. You will be paired up with a school day teacher or paraprofessional. All you need is a passion for working with youth and an area of interest and expertise you would like to share in an engaging, hands-on way.

LEAP will be using curricula and lesson plans prepared by Citizens Schools, a widely recognized non-profit based in Boston MA. Community teachers do not have to prepare lesson plans as they are all done. They will, however, be able to adapt any of the lesson plans.

LEAP will support community instructors by arranging speakers and field trips and providing any supplies needed.

If you have 3 – 6 hours to spend a week from September 25th through December 11th from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm on a Monday and/or Wednesday, please contact Kayla Dorst at 978-740-6667 x 114 or email her at

For more information and to peruse curricula and lesson plans, go to LEAP for Education’s website:


Linda Saris is the Executive Director of LEAP for Education, a Salem-based academic program providing academic support, enrichment, college access and advising services to over 500 youth on the North Shore. Ms. Saris is a long-time Swampscott resident.

Glenn Burns is the Principal of Collins Middle School in Salem, MA

Free Admission at Sargent House Museum Today Friday August 25, 2017!

The Sargent House Museum invites you to attend our Free Back to School Internship Day on Friday, August 25, 2017, from 12:00 – 4:00 PM. While the event is free to the public, donations are encouraged in order to support our Summer High School Internship Program in the hopes of expanding the program in the future.

Unlike our traditional tours, the Back to School Internship Day is an opportunity for the public to explore the house at their leisure while our interns educate visitors in each room. The Summer High School Internship Program provided students with an opportunity to explore the life, times, writings, and home of Judith Sargent Murray, a pioneering advocate of women’s education and equality. That said, this event is the culminating event for the internship program which consisted of a ten-week project-based program individually designed and executed by each intern. Interns’ projects explored areas of Curatorial Studies; Photography, Media, and Collections; and Development and Event Planning.

The Sargent House Museum seeks to empower women and men, young and old, to value women’s education and equality for the benefit of the common good. We hope you will join us in support of our interns and our mission. We would also like to thank those institutions that supported the Summer High School Internship Program this summer through educational tours and programs, including but not limited to: the Folklore Theater, the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church, and the Cape Ann Museum.

Sargent House Museum
49 Middle Street
Gloucester, MA 01930
Fridays- Sundays, Tours on the Hour from 12:00 – 4:00 PM
p: 978.281.2432

CAFM Today! And a special grant presentation from the Cape Ann Community Foundation

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The Cape Ann Farmers Market is TODAY!

3:00-6:30 at Stage Fort Park

Come celebrate with us at a special Cape Ann Community Foundation grant presentation at 3:30 under the gazebo (with our friends and fellow grant recipients Backyard Growers and Action Inc.), then grab a treat for yourself or ingredients for dinner.

Don’t forget: CAFM accepts SNAP/EBT, WIC, Senior Farmers Market Coupons, and cash. AND you can now earn bonus SNAP dollars when you buy fresh fruits and vegetables from participating farmers!

Learn more about our SNAP/EBT programs, check out what else is at the market, and look into our CAFM membership benefits at our website!

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Gloucester Schooner Festival Celebrates 33rd Anniversary

This year’s promotional artwork generously donated by John Caggiano of Rockport

The Schooners return to Gloucester on September 1, 2, and 3, to celebrate the thirty-third Gloucester Schooner Festival. Maritime Gloucester will welcome twenty-three schooners to its recently rebuilt Harriet Webster Pier.

This year’s fleet includes the beautifully maintained Essex-built schooners Lettie G. Howard, launched in 1893, sailing from South Street Seaport in New York City, Gloucester’s flagship Schooner Adventure, built in 1926, joined by her sister Schooner Roseway, from 1925, owned by World Ocean School. Other large schooners include Rockland, Maine’s Schooner American Eagle, originally a Gloucester dragger, and Liberty Clipper, part of the Liberty fleet from Boston. The Schooner Columbia, a 2014 steel replica of the 1923 Essex Schooner Columbia, and based in Panama City, Florida, will return to Gloucester for a third year. She is a stunning example of the link between the schooners of old and the sustainable design of the iconic fishing schooner rig, the emblem of Gloucester. The original Columbia was a Starling Burgess design, built at the historic A.D. Story shipyard of Essex, Massachusetts in 1923, as a fishing schooner, as well as a swift competitor against Nova Scotia’s Bluenose.

Twenty-three schooners are expected, ranging in size from the Lewis H. Story at 30 feet on deck to the majestic Columbia at 175’ sparred length. Of the seven Essex schooners, three were built before 1927, and four were built by 11th generation shipbuilder Harold Burnham since 1997.

The weekend offers a wide range of sights and sounds. On Saturday, September 2, Maritime Heritage Day takes place from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm on Harbor Loop and under the First Ipswich Tent located in front of Maritime Gloucester, and on down to the waterfront. There will be vendors, food, music, and activities for the entire family. Area environmental groups and maritime heritage organizations will be set up with interactive exhibits alongside of local crafters demonstrating their art. Several of the historic Essex Schooners at the pier will be offering sailing trips, and others may be offering deck tours. Admission to Maritime Gloucester’s galleries and Sea Pocket Aquarium will be free this day. Toe tapping tunes from Old Cold Tater and Down-Home Swing will soar over the scene all afternoon. In the evening folks can enjoy a Lobster Bake at the Gloucester House, a lighted boat parade in the Harbor, and Fireworks over Stage Fort Park to end the day. Sunday morning offers the spectacular Parade of Schooners at Stacy Boulevard, starting at 10:00 AM with small boat demonstrations. The 1 PM race on Sunday features the Mayor’s Race for the Esperanto Cup and the Columbia Trophy, for the large schooners, and the Ned Cameron and Betty Ramsey Trophies for the medium and small schooners.

This year the Gloucester Schooner Festival was pleased to award a scholarship of $1000 to Corryn Ulrich, a 2017 Gloucester High School graduate, to assist with her tuition at Mass Maritime Academy. The goal of helping the future leaders of Cape Ann pursue a career in maritime-related endeavors was realized through the generosity of the Gerondelis Foundation, made possible by festival committee member Russ Smith.

The Gloucester Schooner Festival is possible due to the generosity of our sponsors, including our lead sponsors First Ipswich Bank, the City of Gloucester, and Market Basket. For a full list of sponsors, schedule of weekend events, and more, go to or like us on Facebook. The Festival raises much needed funds from the community by offering a Schooner Festival raffle in addition to corporate support. Raffle tickets are available at Maritime Gloucester or from committee members. These funds directly support our efforts to put kids on the water.

About Maritime Gloucester

Maritime Gloucester is a 501(c) (3) non-profit institution whose mission is to inspire students and visitors to value marine science, maritime heritage and environmental stewardship through hands-on education and experiences. Its one-acre campus is located on Gloucester Harbor at 23 Harbor Loop, adjacent to the Coast Guard Station. For more information, go to or like us on Facebook.


Youth Open Mic Night

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Young people from the Gloucester community have planned a Youth Open Mic Night for those 18 years and younger to share their talents. The event is scheduled for Thursday, August 24, from 6:30 to 8:00 at the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church, 10 Church Street, Gloucester, MA.

The emphasis is to have fun in a safe, non-competitive space welcome to all. Please come prepared to share, to listen and to applaud.

Any act, performed solo, duo or in small groups, up to five minutes long is welcome. Performances may draw from a multitude of forms – spoken word, dance, music, song, skits, monologues, magic, poetry, comedy and so on. If you can dream it, create it and bring it!

The doors will open at 6:00 and performers may sign up for a spot starting at 6:10. Use the side emtrance at 10 Church Street. Doors open at 6:00 Sign-ups to perform start at 6:10. FREE ADMISSION This project is funded in part by a grant from the Gloucester Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

The Youth Open Mic Night is the first event presented by the Gloucester Youth Stage Project. GYSP is open to youth in middle and high school. The group’s mission is to support youth expression and skill development within a safe space.

This project is funded in part by a grant from the Gloucester Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

The Gloucester Youth Stage Project is cosponsored by Folk Life Studio and the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church. For more information call 978-879-6826.