JUNIOR DOCENTS 7th
and 8th grade students in Pasadena public and private schools are trained to lead an interactive tour of the Fenyes
Mansion for fourth grade students. The
Mansion is used as a teaching tool to explore the history of Pasadena,
life and culture at the turn of the century, and how it contrasts
with life today. Students develop skills in leadership, time management,
and public speaking while at the same time making a significant contribution
to the community.
Training: Every fall. Full training
consists of seven (7) two-hour sessions.
Tours: Junior Docents give their
first tour to their families at a "Family Day Open House" on the Saturday
before Thanksgiving. Regular tours for fourth graders are conducted
throughout winter and spring. Each Junior Docent gives several tours
and is supported by senior docents who evaluate and coach students
to perfect their touring skills.
2009-2010 Junior Docents: Twenty-four 7th and 8th grade students (pictured at left) celebrated the successful completion of their service as 2009-2010 Junior Docents at a graduation party at Pasadena Museum of History in June. The students, from Marshall, McKinley and St. Philip the Apostle Schools in Pasadena, and Sierra Madre School, lead elementary school groups on interactive tours of the Museum’s Pasadena Patron exhibition and the Fenyes Mansion. This dedicated group of 2009-2010 Junior Docents gave over 500 hours of volunteer service while touring over 600 third and fourth graders plus teachers and parents this past winter and spring.