Center for Community Engagement

Bringing the Amherst public schools to the table

Portrait of Kimberly Stender
February 2014—story by CCE staff writer Jenny Morgan, photo by Sandra Costello

There’s no such thing as the back to school blues for Kimberly Stender.

Of course, it’s hard to have the blues when you’re in charge of throwing the annual back to school party for the Amherst-Pelham Regional Public Schools (ARPS).

A deeper sense of community: The Pioneer Valley Citizen Summer program

Pioneer Valley Citizen Summer Interns
September 2013—story by Jenny Morgan. This year's Pioneer Valley Citizen Summer interns.

Spend any amount of time on the Amherst College campus and you’ll likely hear mention of something called ‘the Amherst bubble.’ It’s a ubiquitous term used by students to describe, and often lament, the sense that reality seems to exist only within the confines of the campus perimeters.

Not so for students who’ve participated in the Pioneer Valley Citizen Summer (PVCS) program.

Then and now: A lasting big brother relationship

Joe and Jack
September 2013—story by Lindsay Ewing ‘15, photos courtesy of Jack Angiolillo ’08

After four years at Amherst College, most students leave campus with an education, enduring friendships, and an inordinate amount of purple clothing. It’s decidedly less common for a recent graduate to leave with a new sibling—but that’s exactly what Jack Angiolillo ’08 did.

How Learning Happens

Education on Fire
January 2012—story by Jenny Morgan, photo by Katherine Berry '12

First ever TedxPioneerValley 'cracks open' assumptions about education

In December of 1940, Le Chambon-sur-Lignon—a small, agricultural village in southern France— began a rescue mission of heroic proportions.

Examining history through a modern lens

Professor Eric Sawyer engages Northampton's past with opera, community

Daley and Halligan

You’d be hard pressed to find an artistic production as richly embedded in local community as Associate Professor of Music and composer Eric Sawyer’s opera, The Garden of Martyrs.

‘Real decisions about real money’: Participatory budgeting for Springfield?

On Monday, April 11, 2011, Springfield and area residents, nonprofits, and local representatives are taking what could be the first step towards implementing “participatory budgeting” (PB) in Springfield: they’ll listen and learn about the very first PB success story in the United States.