CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia students in grades 2-5 can learn more about their state through an after school program being offered at the State Museum in Charleston.

“If you understand your state and understand what it’s about and its history then you’re going to have a good place to start from,” said Chris Reed, museum education specialist.

Reed is encouraging students and their parents to sign up for West Virginia 101.

Each Thursday from 3 to 5 p.m., students will be introduced to a topic that relates to West Virginia history. The second hour is an after school program that allows tutors to help students with homework and projects.

Reed said the program at the museum will help students connect to what they learn in their West Virginia history class in school.

“If they have questions or if they have a project they need to do with their West Virginia studies, we’re going to be here to help them do that,” he said.

The program runs through May 2018. Reed said each month has a West Virginia theme. Students can choose the months they’re interested in attending.

“We’ve had lots of school students come through and visit us as part of field trips, but we wanted to offer something that we have going on all the time for the public to come in,” Reed said.

The monthly themes for the West Virginia 101 program are listed below:

  • September — Investigating Artifacts
  • October — Where in the World is West Virginia?
  • November — America‚Äôs First Wild West
  • December — State Symbols
  • January — The War between the States
  • February — The State of West Virginia
  • March — Going to the Capitol
  • April — Cultural Heritage
  • May — Industry in Motion

To sign up for the program, contact Chris Reed at 304-558-0220, Ext. 185.

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