Each year, CPS' Expeditionary Learning (EL) schools celebrate Better World Day, showcasing student learning that contributes to a better world. Students present learning projects and engage in acts of service that demonstrate the power of EL Education’s vision for public school: a place where children become great scholars and active citizens with the capacity to make a positive impact. This year's theme is "Peace and Comfort."
CPS' four EL schools, CANS, Rees E. Price Academy, Mt. Washington School and College Hill Fundamental Academy, celebrate Better World Day in different ways. For example, this year, CANS students will discuss themes like peace, refugees and immigration in crew meetings. They are also writing letters of comfort, fundraising and designing peace imagery for pillowcases that will be filled on May 6. The pillows and letters will be donated to community partner Su Casa, who supports immigrant communities in Cincinnati.
Rees E. Price Academy students are designing and decorating flower pots, rocks and birdhouses. They will discuss how environmental beauty impacts kindness along with extending their classroom learning on living and nonliving things. Students will also make cards, record encouraging videos and collect pennies to donate to their community partner, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.
Mt. Washington School is participating in service projects to better the Mt. Washington community. Kindergarten through third-grade students are collecting cereal boxes to donate to SEM food pantry on Friday. Fourth-grade students are creating kindness rocks to give to neighbors and fifth-grade students created a public service announcement to promote the use of smoke detectors!
What great ways to teach our students the impact they can have to make the world a better place for all!