Second grade students at Marion W. Savage Elementary School are already having an impact on their community. They’ve been meeting with Mayor Janet Williams on the topic of improvements at Savage Community Park.
“When I first met with them, I gave them several ideas and they zeroed in on the splash pad,” said Williams. “I love their enthusiasm.”
A splash pad is a water play area being considered as an upgrade for the park, located along County Road 27.
“Students have researched splash pads and brainstormed ideas they’d like to see and now they’re creating concept drawings and developing presentations,” said teacher Lisa Christen.
Students are using all kinds of real-world skills and expanding their thinking as part of this project-based learning which meets state standards in the areas of writing, technology, math, reading and communication skills.
Her goal is to connect her students with what’s happening in their community. “I want them to know that they can already have a huge impact by helping to shape this project,” she said.
Christen appreciates how the mayor has meet with her students twice and taken their ideas seriously. Beth Witt, manager of parks and recreation for the city of Savage, has also talked with the youngsters about their ideas and gathered feedback from them.
Williams reminded students that the development of the splash pad is a process and it will take awhile to become reality. “The splash pad might not be in place until you’re in 4th grade,” she said.