By working with small groups to solve problems, one school is finding that community projects help students meet core standards.
Their teachers created a group project to have small groups of students come together and form a plan to solve problems at Riverside Cemetery.
“Eighth-graders are an energetic work force,” said teacher Ryan Rahmiller.
Some of the needs that were suggested by a board member of the cemetery were upgraded chapel, marketing a perpetual urn program, and honoring veterans with a memorial. Some of the projects the students chose to take on were building a memorial to children who died from a diptheria outbreak in the 19th century, and extending a bike path nearby.
The students have crafted a proposal, an estimation of costs, and a plan for fundraising.