Through Jan. 5-7, students at Parliament Place Elementary School, within the North Babylon Union Free School District, attended two virtual assemblies provided by the Tilles Center in Greenvale. All students in grades 4-5 watched a production of "Harriet Tubman: Straight Up Outta’ the Underground" and grades 2-3 viewed "Jacqueline & the Beanstalk.”
In alignment with their social studies curriculum, fourth and fifth-grade students used the interactive storytelling experience to uncover the truth about America’s 200-year- old struggle with slavery. The interactive feature called “Pick a Path,” offered students options throughout the story to individualize the play by class, similar to “choose your own adventure” books.
Second and third graders also enjoyed the interactive feature when viewing their assembly, “Jacqueline and the Beanstalk," which aligns with their English Language Arts curriculum. The protagonist taught students about female stereotypes and the possibility of breaking those stigmas by believing in themselves and proving their worth.
The programs, which were funded by the district’s commitment to BOCES Arts in
Education Programming will also be made available to the district’s additional elementary
schools in the near future.
Photo captions: Students at Parliament Place Elementary School watched two virtual assemblies provided by the Tilles Center in Greenvale from Jan. 5-7.