Sixth graders are taking over and middle school students are building their own micro society.
At Myers Middle School in Savannah, Georgia, students have established a mini society the have named “Swamptropolis”. They created a constitution and elected officials. They have also taken an oath of citizenship.
“I think we’ve created a really good society here,” said student Danisha Saulsberry “We’re setting up shops in the hallways where we can work and spend our paychecks. It’s not like going to school. It’s kind of exotic. It’s more like real life.” Daniela has taken a make believe bank teller job in Swamptropolis’s business center.
The micro society is a real life learning experience that is part of the effort to reform the middle school, raising the level of academic rigor, enhance teacher training, engage students with curriculum, and make local middle school attractive and high achieving, much like the district’s specialty programs and suburban schools.
“The kids are excited,” said Myers Principal Ericka Washington. “Our student business owners are going through Management 101 and drawing up business plans, and our student workers are polishing up their resumes and working on interview techniques.”