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Hannah Van Sickle

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Hannah Van Sickle is a Berkshire County native who resides deep in the woods of South County where she spent summers as a child and is now raising her own daughters. An English teacher by training, Hannah now works as a freelance writer, academic tutor and writing coach.

Articles by Hannah Van Sickle

In the trenches: At home with my kids

Tuesday, 31 Mar 2020 - Despite all the uncertainty swirling about that highlights all I can’t control, there is one thing I can control: the atmosphere inside my home.

Heightened food insecurity spreads amid COVID-19 outbreak

Wednesday, 18 Mar 2020 - A growing sea of similar stories that swell amid these trying times - when kids are out of school, parents are out of work, and the infrastructure of community that so many rely upon in order to survive feels tenuous at best.

Learning opportunities in a time of social distancing

Friday, 13 Mar 2020 - Flying Cloud Institute's YouTube channel has at least a trio of purposes: Kids remain engaged in hands-on learning; activities can support families whose work lives are being disrupted; finally, there is an authentic audience to celebrate what kids are discovering and creating, even if it is outside of school.

W.E.B. Du Bois Legacy Festival: Collaboration with Jacob’s Pillow

Friday, 14 Feb 2020 - On Saturday, Feb. 22, as part of the town of Great Barrington’s W.E.B. Du Bois Legacy Festival, Haigood’s Zaccho Dance Theatre comes to Bard College at Simon's Rock in Great Barrington to present the performance installation “Between me and the other world,” which explores race, identity and Du Bois' seminal work “The Souls of Black Folk.”

Coworking comes to Great Barrington

Wednesday, 22 Jan 2020 - The coworking model blends the benefits of affordability; like-minded working folks; energy of a shared work space; and dedication to what happens there despite individual projects.

Landing in the Berkshires: Jerry Pinkney

Friday, 17 Jan 2020 - Much has been written about Martin Luther King Jr. and the 1963 March on Washington, but there's little on his legendary speech and how King came to write it.

‘Creative Aging’ exhibit highlights growing older in the Berkshires

Monday, 6 Jan 2020 - “As our Berkshires community — and the world’s population — grows older, this exhibit reminds us all to look beyond stereotypes and to know that growing older can encompass more curiosity, creativity and community engagement than ever.” -Megan Whilden, Berkshire OLLI executive director

PROFILE: Berkshire Center for Justice offers legal help for those in need

Sunday, 15 Dec 2019 - Her exposure to other cultures, and how they deal with cultural and social issues, got Eve Schatz thinking: Could a holistic approach, to address a trinity of issues simultaneously, be employed? Her answer was a resounding “yes,” and the Berkshire Center for Justice was born.

Jerome Edgerton Jr.: Creating a wave with Pittsfield youth

Monday, 9 Dec 2019 - If Jerome Edgerton Jr. had to distill his message down to a single takeaway, it would be this: “No matter where we go . . . we’re going to step out as a powerful unit, and we’re going to create this wave of momentum and positivity that will affect our community.”