Each year in the beginning of March it is Women in History Week at La Mariposa. Orginating from the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and facilitated by the PTA, volunteers in this program portray women of diverse backgrounds and cultures who have made their mark on history. Students in all grades are captivated as these great women are brought to life before their eyes. Our guests this year were:
Molly Brown, portrayed by Shauna Black
A survivor of the sinking of the Titanic, Molly helped students commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Titanic. She was also an actress, an activist and was a devoted philanthropist.
A scientist, doctor, and the first African American astronaut, she flew into space as a mission specialist and also served in the Peace Corps.
Susan Butcher, portrayed by Jill Hodges
A four time winner of Alaska’s Iditarod, Susan Butcher overcame dislexia with her love of the wilderness. She also set a new standard for dog care.
A scientist and author, her most important book, Silent Spring, is said by some to have started the environmental movement.
Special thanks to PTA lead Shauna Black for coordinating with the AAUW and to her team of volunteers, Alvy, Jill, and Julie for treating our kids to a bit of “living” history.