Bulkeley Middle School Connects With School in Ranomafana, Madagascar, Hosts "R-Villages" Information and Craft Booth at June 14 Rhinecliff Waterfront Days
Rhinebeck, NY and Ranomafana , Madagascar have joined forces in R-Villages, a cooperative effort involving Rhinebeck Central Schools and Centre Valbio Research Station in Madagascar, along with Sunshine Comes First non-profit organization, SUNY Stony Brook and Zara Aina, a non-profit organization of theater artists working with disadvantaged children in Madagascar. Together, R-Villages is working to facilitate communication between our communities, support research and conservation efforts in Madagascar, and share experiences and cultural heritage.
Sponsored by Bulkeley Middle School, R-Villages will have an information and fundraising booth set up at the Rhinecliff Waterfront Day from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 14.
Visitors will have an opportunity to purchase handcrafted Malagasy artifacts such as: scarves, embroidery, baskets, bags, accessories, toys, and gifts made from recycled materials; souvenir cinch sacks made by Rhinebeck students; rare, original IMAX movie Island of Lemurs: Madagascar posters signed by Dr. Patricia Wright, world renowned anthropologist and primatologist; postcards and many other desirable items. Patrons will also have an opportunity to learn more about the work of Dr. Patricia Wright, founder of the Centre Valbio Research Station, the unique biodiversity of Madagascar, and the Malagasy people.