As I wrote in my last post:
Jerry Burrell Park is a place that is near and dear to my heart, because one of my former students at Union College, Jeremy Taglieri, spent a year working along with two friends to raise $84,000 in funds and recruiting 140 volunteers to renovate the park. They called their project Project SKIP, where SKIP = "Schenectady Kids Imagine and Play." Jerry Burrell Park is also the site of a SICM free lunch site, and in fact, volunteers from my own church will take a turn serving lunch for a week there later this summer.
All math circle families, siblings, friends, and neighbors are cordially welcome to join us. But--as I also wrote in my last post--I am mindful that not all parents will be comfortable with their families coming to this neighborhood. It is a decision that should be made with full information--this is one of the highest crime neighborhoods in our area, and in 2010, just a few weeks after the playground's renovation, a 17-year-old shot and seriously wounded an 11-year-old boy and his 18-year-old older brother. Each family needs to make a choice they are comfortable with.
But today, I choose to join those who hope to bring and keep peace in this community. And I will bring what I have to share--the beauty and excitement of creating and discovering mathematical patterns.
Directions: Jerry Burrell Park is located at the corner of Hamilton and Schenectady Streets in the Hamilton Hill neighborhood of Schenectady.