Summer Shake Up 2014 poster

Marfa Kids Shake It Up this Summer at Chinati

The Chinati Foundation, Marfa ISD, and the Tierra Grande Chapter of Texas Master Naturalists Program will team up this summer for an exciting and free series of programs for children as part of MISD’s Summer Shake-Up.

For two weeks, Chinati will present a class specifically for youngsters who are honing their English language skills. Children ages Pre-k through first grade will read books, make musical instruments of their own design and bring images from books to life. The class meets from 12:30 – 2:00 pm Monday through Thursday, June 9 -19. This ELL workshop, led by Chinati Education Coordinator Michael Roch, formerly a Marfa ISD Pre-K teacher, focuses on building rich and authentic vocabulary and using activities based on the stories presented.

Students entering 5th through 12th grades are invited to a four-day workshop on the Chinati grounds focused on the natural environment with lots of hands-on activities. As part of the class, Texas Master Naturalist Garrick Stephens will introduce students to the native West Texas sotol plant and its care and maintenance. Students will make walking sticks from the plant’s stalks, visit Ft. Davis National Historic Site for a day hike, silkscreen their own tshirts, and participate in a city clean-up through Two Hands project. Classes meet from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, Monday – Thursday, June 23 ­– 26.

All Summer Shake-up activities begin at 9:00 am, with free breakfast served at the school at 8:45 am. Students should meet at the school, where transportation will be provided to and from Chinati. Please do not bring students directly to the museum.

For more information, contact Marfa ISD at: 432.729.4252.