PEPPER PIKE, Ohio – The annual community day at Moreland Hills Elementary School looked and felt a little different than in previous years, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
But thanks to the creativity and out-of-the-box thinking of second-year staff and the flexibility of second-year students, the students had yet another “incredible experience,” according to a press release from the Orange School District. City.
Students created “credit cards” and were invited to shop online, purchasing items created and marketed by their classmates, including everything from plant friends and stone buddies to smoothies and to bracelets.
Virtual students created advertisements for articles and marketing tools. Rural, suburban and urban three-dimensional buildings and cities were created and displayed.
All the students also bought theater tickets to enjoy an afternoon at the movies together, with popcorn neatly and safely sorted and bagged.
Not only were the students as engaged as in previous years, but they really learned what it is like to work and function in a community during a pandemic, the release said.
Book study created
Grades 7 and 8 Brady Middle School students of the Reading and Writing Festival Book Club joined with Literature Circle sixth graders to create a book study on the novel “I Am Princess X” by Cherie Priest.
Club coordinators Jen McGeown and Betsey Lee joined forces with teacher David Tirpak to create a mini-conference for participating students instead of a one-day multi-school conference, typically held at Kent State University, which was canceled due to the pandemic.
Students from all three grades took part in a book discussion, participated in a book game, and virtually met the author to discuss the writing process, his books, and life in general.
All students were treated to an âimmersion bagâ filled with âgiftsâ that matched and connected them to various parts of the story.
As a final activity, the students created chalk drawings on the catwalk outside the school reflecting the book, in which messages of encouragement and positivity were highlighted.
Stop the hate finalist
Seventh-year Brady Middle School student Anshul Sharma earned second place in her age group in the 2021 Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage Stop the Hate Youth Speak Out Essay Contest.
The winners were announced on May 11 via the museum’s website.
Anshul was one of two finalists in the seventh category. For his second place, he received a trophy and a family membership at the Maltz Museum.
As part of the Youth Speak Out contest, 1,500 students registered, with essays read by 400 volunteers across Ohio and beyond. Through their essays, the students stand up and denounce prejudices and fanaticism.
The competition awards $ 100,000 in scholarships and prizes to students in grades 6 to 12 each year.
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