Updated: Education notes from around the Berkshires

Note: The North Adams tree lighting ceremony originally scheduled to take place this week has been postponed to Dec. 4, due to inclement weather.


Talk on life and death in Ghana: Benjamin Schaefer of Tyringham, a 2011 Lee High School graduate, will give a talk at 11 a.m. Saturday titled, "A Pilgrimage between Two Worlds: A Medical Anthropology Student looks at Life and Death in Ghana." The presentation will take place at Tyringham Town Hall, Main Road, Tyringham.

As part of his studies at Drew University, Schaefer traveled last spring to Ghana with the university's "Health and Human Development in Africa" program. He will relate his experiences and observations particularly on Ghanaian attitudes toward death and the afterlife. Schaefer is a 2011 graduate of Lee High School.

The talk is sponsored by the Hop Brook Community Club, who contributed to his trip. There will be a freewill offering in support of scholarships for the continuing education of Tyringham students.


Scholarships to study in Germany: There are 250 full scholarships available nationally for the 2014-15 academic year for high school students and recent graduates wanting to study abroad in Germany. The application deadline is Jan. 9.

The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX), is a program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Recipients will live with a German host family and attend a local high school, serving as youth ambassadors from the United States while participating in educational, cultural and political events. Prior to the start of the program and while in Germany, scholars attend receptions and meetings with both German and American government officials.

To learn more or to apply, visit usagermanyscholarship.org, or call (800) 237-4636, ext. 2161.


North Adams tree lighting: North Adams will host its annual tree-lighting ceremony and Hometown Holidays kickoff at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 4, at Monument Square on Main Street, between the First Baptist and Congregational churches.

This event is free and open to the public and will include holiday music performed by the Drury High School Band, and goodie bags for the little ones, delivered by Santa Claus.


Teen dance party: Chameleons nightclub and Crew Chameleons will present a "B4 Thanksgiving Teen Bash" with DJ Young Champ from 8 to 11 tonight. The cost is $10, with school ID, and includes free pizza, while it lasts, and unlimited soda.

Chameleons is at 1350 East St., Pittsfield. Information: facebook.com/crew.chameleons.


Nominees sought for arts educator award: IS183: Art School of the Berkshires is now seeking nominees for its second annual Berkshire Arts K-12 Educator Award. This recognition program gives community members the chance to recognize individuals who have gone above and beyond to inspire creativity in their students.

Any K-12 educator in Berkshire County specializing in visual arts is eligible for the award, including those who work outside of a formal education setting. Nominations can be completed using a downloadable form at http://bit.ly/19WAEED. The deadline to submit applications and relevant materials is Jan. 15.

The winner, who will be announced this spring, will receive a $1,183 professional development award, courtesy of the Seth Nash Creativity Fund, to use for the arts enrichment activity of his or her choice.

Info: www.is183.org or Alicia Soos at (413) 298-5252, ext. 104.


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