Education

Family and Kid Friendly Educational Activities, Events and Things to Do in the Berkshires, Berkshire County Massachusetts

Make Veteran’s Day more than just a day off for your kids

Each year on Nov. 11 the United States honors and thanks those who are serving and have served in the military on Veterans Day. Today, Monday, Nov. 12, the United States will officially observe the holiday with  a day off for many businesses and school systems every where. How can you help your child view(…)

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Berkshire Family Focus Shout-out: Pittsfield High school students unite against bullying

Berkshire Family Focus Shout-out: Pittsfield High school students unite against bullying

PITTSFIELD — We’d like to send a Berkshire Family Focus shout-out to Pittsfield High School’s SADD student group and the Pittsfield Prevention Partnership. On Oct. 22, Students Against Destructive Decisions at Pittsfield High School, in collaboration with the Pittsfield Prevention Partnership, wore orange as part of National Bullying Prevention Month to spread awareness on Unity Day.(…)

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Lee Library to host another ‘Every Child Ready to Read’ series beginning Nov. 18

LEE — Due to continued popular demand and additional grant funding the Lee Library is offering another five-week series of “Every Child Ready to Read @ Lee Library. The program will run Thursdays, Nov. 18, 25, Dec. 2, 9 and 16, from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. The five-week series for families with young children features(…)

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Back-Packed For Success back-to-school events scheduled in North Berkshire County

Back-Packed For Success back-to-school events scheduled in North Berkshire County

NORTH ADAMS — The Family Place is hosting a back-to-school event for kids entering Pre-K through sixth grade at local northern Berkshire elementary schools. Students and their parents can get a free backpack filled with school supplies and meet their school principal. Tuesday, Aug. 12, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.: Gabriel Abbott Elementary School, 56 North(…)

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COLUMN: Teen to Teen — Celebrating a safe and sober prom in the Berkshires

COLUMN: Teen to Teen — Celebrating a safe and sober prom in the Berkshires

Editor’s Note: Prom season is in full gear and once again Berkshire Family Focus and the Pittsfield Prevention invite you to send #SafePromBerkshireCounty messages throughout all forms of social media to the remaining high school prom-goers throughout the next couple of weeks. Feel free to share the column below, written last year by Mt. Everett teen,(…)

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Social Media Messages for teens: #SafePromBerkshireCounty

Social Media Messages for teens: #SafePromBerkshireCounty

THE BERKSHIRES — Today Berkshire Family Focus and the Pittsfield Prevention Partnership are kicking off their #SafePromBerkshireCounty campaign to run through June 6, one day after the last high school prom in the Berkshires takes place. Although the Center for Disease Control reports that teen drunk driving is down by 54 percent since 1991, car(…)

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Berkshire Montessori School to hold spring auction April 5

LENOX DALE – The Montessori School of the Berkshires’ will host its annual Spring Auction to benefit the financial aid fund at the school. The event, “Havana Nights,” will take place at the Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox on Saturday, April 5,  from 6 to 10 p.m.. The evening will(…)

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Berkshire County Head Start is now accepting applications for 2014-15 school year

THE BERKSHIRES — Berkshire County Head Start provides free preschool for eligible 3 and 4 year olds, and registration dates are set for this week: March 11, 1-3 p.m.: Muddy Brook Elementary School, 318 Monument Valley Road, Great Barrington. 413-644-0005. March 12, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.: Becket/Washington Elementary School, 12 Maple St., Becket. 413-623-6489. March 18, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.: Morningside(…)

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The Mount to hold e-publishing workshop for young writers in addition to its annual writing contest

LENOX —To strengthen its ties to the local community and to enhance its educational programming, Edith Wharton’s The Mount has expanded its student writing programs for the 2014 season. In addition to the annual Edith Wharton Writing Competition, which invites fiction and poetry submissions from high school students, The Mount will offer a four-week workshop(…)

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Happy Read Across America Day: Tips for raising a reader

It’s Read Across America Day with celebrations throughout the county, and to celebrate Berkshire Family Focus has a few tips courtesy of the National Education Association for raising a reader. Set a good example as a reader — let kids see you reading every day. Get a subscription to an age-appropriate magazine for your child(…)

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