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Literary works Jane Eyre, The Outsiders and Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief are not the usual topics discussed at the Baseball Hall of Fame. But on Tuesday, these titles served as answers in a Battle of the Books competition at the Museum.
Students in grades 6-12 from Cooperstown Central School, Dolgeville Central School and Fort Plain Central School – all located near the Hall of Fame – gathered in the Museum’s Grandstand Theater to buzz in and try to take home a trophy for their school. More than 60 kids participated in the field trip and took part in the program, which encourages reading and tests their knowledge.
“Mary Van Patten, the librarian at Fort Plain, and I both heard about this type of competition at a conference for librarians and decided to try it,” said Michelle Hitchcock, librarian at Cooperstown Middle and High School. “We started it with middle schools, but we had a strong group that entered ninth grade and didn’t want it to end. So we brought it to the high school.”
About three years ago, Cindy Staley, librarian at Dolgeville, brought the program to her school and joined them in the battle. High school participants read 16 books to prepare for the competition and middle school kids read 20.
The students began the day playing an ice-breaker game about the books they read to get to know each other and share their love for reading. The field trip is fun and friendly and is more about education than it is about winning.
“Students at Cooperstown have done local battles before today and I am sure the other schools have too,” said Hitchcock. “There is even a national competition.”
Each school competed in groups of four at each level. Questions can be about characters or the plot of the story, or simply a quote from the book. Students must not only answer the question, but also correctly name the title and author of the work to receive points.
After a close competition, students from Cooperstown took home both the middle school and high school prizes. The group then ate lunch and got ready for a guided tour of the Museum before heading back to their respective schools.
The Education Department at the Baseball Hall of Fame hosts field trips, participates in videoconferences and offers curriculum for teachers to use at their school for students in grades K-12. For more information, visit baseballhall.org/education
Samantha Carr is the manager of web and digital media at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.
By Julie Wilson
A Girl Scout is Honest: Girl Scouts never steal… unless they are on base during a baseball game. Lou Brock made a career out of stolen bases. How many bases did Brock steak in his career?
After a tour through the Baseball Hall of Fame, a girl scout should be able to tell you the answer to this question, and other questions that connect baseball to the most fundamental tenets of scouting.
Thanks to the efforts of the local scouting officials, the Girl Scout Discovery Tour now joins the Hall of Fame’s Boy Scout Discovery Tour as a permanent fixture for visiting troops, as well as individual scouts that travel to Cooperstown with their family. Originally conceptualized by Gail Sacchi, a Cooperstown troop leader, and her daughter Lisa Maticic, a lifelong scout, the patch is now available through the Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways.
Troop 286 from Cooperstown, N.Y., worked with the Hall of Fame’s Education team to design the tour, and became the first troop to earn the patch during a trip to the Museum this past May. The Cooperstown Scouts traveled around the Museum searching for answers to questions about courage, loyalty, kindness and other virtues exemplified by those involved in Scouting.
Sacchi spoke highly of her troop’s experience saying that “all of the girls had a great time at the Hall of Fame” and expressed her feelings of pride that the girls (then 4th graders) were “the first troop to earn the award.”
Although many of the Cooperstown Girl Scouts were repeat visitors to the Hall of Fame, they had to work hard to find the answers to each question. The Girl Scout Discovery Tour is designed to help a scout look at an exhibit or an artifact in a different way and discover something that they may not have otherwise learned if they had just breezed through the exhibit space.
This is such an important opportunity to provide to young girls who are passionate about scouting, baseball and American history, and is another great way for young fans to connect to the game. We look forward to seeing many scouts follow in the footsteps of Cooperstown Troop 286.
Julie Wilson is the manager of school programming for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.