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Missy Locke submitted an idea on Sunday, September 29, 2013
My Idea
Safety First
How It Works
Richland Elementary is a very rural school being 20 minutes from any town. Fourth grade students worked in small groups as well as whole class to access school safety. Classes went on a safety walk around school and made a list of concerns. Students then interviewed their parents about their feelings on school safety. Each class interviewed our school principal, the county sheriff, and a policeman. They researched the financial cost of doing a variety improvements such cameras, a school resouce officer, and a buzz in system. Once they had the information they worked in small groups on ways to present their findings and to whom. One group held a petition for an SRO, others did posters, powerpoints, and letters to the school board and county commissioners.
Educations Level(s)
Elementary
Subject(s)
Social Studies
Learning Objectives
The student will research safety within the school community and identify areas of need. Once knowledge is gained, the student will devise a plan of action and present it to proper officials.
Materials
We used paper, internet, posters, CDs for powerpoints. Interviews with parents, principal, sheriff, deputy, and school board member.
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