Have you ever taken a good look at the beauty and architecture of your community? Thanks to a $2,789 grant from the NJEA Frederick L. Hipp Foundation for Excellence in Education and an innovative program created by Lower Township Education Association (Cape May County) member John Ward, fifty (50) 6th grade students at Sandman Consolidated School will do just that during the 2002-2003 school year.
Architectural Wonders in My Very Own Community enlists support from a Senior Citizen Computer Club and a local preservationist to help students learn about their local architecture through field study, design, models, and technology.
Through technology, the assistance of the Senior Citizen Computer Club, and collaborative skills, students will produce ten fifteen-page storybooks to read to pre-school and Kindergarten classes during the National Education Association?s annual Read Across America Week (March 2003).
In addition, students will design and build archetype models of architectural styles they discover in their community. They will learn about the planning, construction, and presentation of models they will share with the local library, civic organizations, and two local preservationist group art centers.
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