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C&O Canal National Historical Park to recruit retired teachers to expand program for students

September 05, 2013

Retired teachers will be recruited to expand a Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park program for Washington County Public Schools students, the National Park Service announced on Thursday.

In 2011, park officials partnered with the school system to create a series of fourth-grade programs for the classroom and for field trips to the canal’s Cushwa Basin in Williamsport, according to a C&O Canal National Historical Park news release.

When students visit the canal in Williamsport, they participate in three programs allowing them to explore a historical lockhouse, operate a canal lift lock, as well as activities that focus on science, math, technology, history and environmental education, the release said.

All programs were developed in partnership with local teachers and support common core and state curriculum learning standards, the release said.

The C&O Canal Association supports the cost of bus transportation.

The capacity of the park’s education program will now be expanded through a partnership between the canal and the C&0 Canal Trust, the park’s official nonprofit organization, the release said.

The partnership has resulted in the Canal Classroom Corps Teacher Program, which will involve recruiting retired teachers from the area to assist park staff members with delivering the education programs, the release said.

The C&O Canal is piloting the program this fall, the release said.

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