Last fall, we started a partnership with Ramsey Middle School and two classrooms of enthusiastic 6th graders. We came and talked to them about the history of community radio, the importance of controlling your own narrative, and the power of place-making. They spent the semester working with their fantastic teachers (Kara Cisco and Paul Sommers) to identify local places of interest, research their history and significance, then write, record, and edit short radio segments reporting on what they found. Over the past few months, we’ve been be sharing these reports, two each Tuesday.
Today, nine years (and a day) after the horrifying collapse of the 35W bridge, 6th graders participating in our Local History Matters program produced this report on the day’s events, heroes, and legacy. Also posted today is research into the invasive Zebra Mussels in Minnesota lakes.