ACCG supports classical education through ACE
The Ancient Coin Collectors Guild helps fulfill its mission through a symbiotic partnership with Ancient Coins for Education.
Brett Telford |
July 09, 2008
The ACCG Education and Youth Programs Task Force is responsible for developing and implementing plans and programs to support the educational goals of the ACCG. To achieve its mission, the Task Force has undertaken several initiatives over the past few years. One such initiative has been a partnership with the Ancient Coins for Education (ACE) program, an ACCG Affiliate member.
In the first year of partnership, the Task Force awarded ACE with a $1,000 grant. This grant was divided amongst schools participating in the ACE program and mentored by ACCG members. Last year, the grant and mentor program continued with great success! Schools across the country benefited from the ACE program and the expertise of ACCG member-mentors. Additionally, a portion of last year’s grant monies were used to help develop several ACE schools’ ancient coin museums.
In this, the third year of partnership between the Task Force and ACE, the grant program has been expanded, with the grant amount doubled. The funds from this grant are being used as in the past: (1) to fund those ACE schools participating in the ACE program and for whom an ACCG mentor was assigned; and (2) to help fund a few ACE school ancient coin museums.
This year’s ACCG member-mentors include the following individuals, with the schools they served shown at right:
Frank Martin - St Margaret’s Episcopal School in San Juan Capistrano, California
John Jencek - Harker Middle School in San Jose, California
Tory Failmetzger - St Stephens & St Agnes School in Alexandria, Virginia
Eby Friedman - Irondequoit High School, Rochester in New York
David Markgraf - Covington Latin School in Covington, Kentucky
Perry Siegel - Reedy Creek School in Charlotte in North Carolina
Scott Uhrick - Trinity Pawling School in Pawling, New York
Teachers from the schools mentored report that the mentors add another dimension to the program offered by ACE. Many of the mentors have also reported the experience was very positive for them as well. Teacher Kelly Kusch at Covington Latin School added, “We at the Latin School like to think we’re helping form life-long learners. I think the coin project certainly contributes to that. Former coin students of mine are now studying Latin, Greek, archaeology, art history, anthropology, among other more modern topics.” The ACCG-ACE mentor program has proven a win-win situation for all involved, especially the students!
This year’s museum grant recipients include the following ACE schools:
Covington Latin School in Covington, Kentucky
Irondequoit High School in Rochester, New York
Mexico Middle School in Mexico, New York
The school museums are yet another means of eliciting student engagement in and enthusiasm for their classical studies. These museums generally consist of displays, coins and artifacts, all centered on themes relevant to the curriculum. Another benefit is that some of these museums are ‘open’ during the schools’ Open House or Back to School nights, providing exposure to parents of the students.
The Covington Latin School had the benefit of both an ACCG member-mentor and an allocation of the ACCG grant for its museum. Mentor David Markgraf went the ‘extra mile’ in his mentoring efforts by providing the school’s museum with display materials.
Teacher Susie Scoppa is very excited about the allocation of the ACCG grant to the museum at Irondequoit High School. This museum is still very ‘new’ and the grant funds allocated to its development will go a long way to ensuring its success.
The museum at the Mexico Middle School is getting its start with the help of an allocation from the ACCG grant. Teacher Jeff Baum is very excited about his school’s new museum and is planning an exhibit of coins with ancient deities to tie into his curriculum.
So, as yet another year of partnership between the ACCG Education and Youth Programs Task Force and ACE comes to a close, we reflect on the benefits each organization provides to the other and the impact it has on students across the country. ACE is able to help schools participate in a program that uses ancient coins to supplement students’ education. ACE is also able to enhance existing museums or create them at schools that previously didn’t have one. Students are provided with history they can hold and this exposure enhances their educational experience. And finally, the ACCG is better able to fulfill its educational objectives. Through this association, everyone benefits!
- david markgraf
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- brett telford