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Pittsfield Holds Annual “Welcome Back To School” Event For Students

Shirley Edgerton
Community members who participated in Pittsfield's 3rd Annual "Welcome Back To School" event

Shirley Edgerton is the cultural proficiency coach of the public schools in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. On Tuesday, the city’s “Welcome Back To School” event brought in community members to offer students support and encouragement on the first day of the academic year. Edgerton spoke to WAMC about how community relationships with the school system can bridge systemic gaps in Pittsfield.

Josh Landes has been WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief since February 2018, following stints at WBGO Newark and WFMU East Orange. A passionate advocate for Western Massachusetts, Landes was raised in Pittsfield and attended Hampshire College in Amherst, receiving his bachelor's in Ethnomusicology and Radio Production. His free time is spent with his cat Harry, experimental electronic music, and exploring the woods.
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