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HVRSD and Hopewell Valley Education Foundation Host Hopewell Valley Heritage Month Book Clubs

November 10 @ 7:00 pm

During the 2021-22 school year, the Hopewell Valley Regional School District (HVRSD) and Hopewell Valley Education Foundation (HVEF) will be honoring various Heritage Months by sponsoring community book reads and discussions that celebrate the diverse cultures present within the United States and our local community.

“The Foundation is incredibly excited to offer an innovative way to bring the community together to learn about various cultures and connect with local authors,” said Sara Alyea, HVEF Board President. “Although we cannot celebrate every Heritage Month in our inaugural year, we hope to expand in the future.”

The Heritage Month Celebrations will also include videos offering a Children’s Book Story Time read by HVRSD teachers and staff. “We are pleased to bring this programming to the schools as a creative, engaging way for students to connect to a rich diversity of cultures and traditions,” reflects Dr. Vicky Pilitsis, HVRSD’s Director of Curriculum and Instruction.

Videos from some of HVRSD’s native speakers reading children’s stories that celebrate Hispanic and Latinx cultures are available at www.hvrsd.org/page/heritagecelbration

The second Book Club Event, an HVRSD faculty lead discussion with author, Dr. Camilla Townsend, Distinguished Professor of History at Rutgers University, celebrates Native American Heritage Month. The discussion will be on Wednesday, November 10 at 7 pm via zoom. Dr. Townsend will be discussing her book Pocahontas and the Powhatan Dilemma, a captivating biography of Pocahontas that, according to John M. and Priscilla S. Taylor, of the Washington Times “skillfully piece[s] together a plausible picture of a brave, intelligent young woman and her eventful, if brief, life.”

To register, learn more about this and other heritage month events, or submit questions for the author, visit www.hvef.org/news-events/heritage-month-book-club.html where you can also access the recording of our September 2021 conversation with local author, Alexandra Villasante, The Grief Keeper. We are planning another discussion to celebrate Black History Month in February 2022.

The Hopewell Branch of the Mercer County library will be hosting a socially distanced, in person viewing of the live streamed event. Pre-registration for the library viewing is required at https://tinyurl.com/MCLSTownsend

Native American Heritage Month pays tribute to the rich ancestry and traditions of Native Americans. In 1990 President George H. W. Bush approved a joint resolution designating November 1990 as “National American Indian Heritage Month.” Similar proclamations, under variants on the name (including “Native American Heritage Month” and “National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month”) have been issued each year since 1994.

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