Mr. Michael Pearson at Heath Middle School received a 21st Century Grant through The Success Foundation that has funded a very unique project for his 8th Grade industrial arts class. Mr. Pearson started this class to give students the opportunity to interact with community leaders to find projects to design and build. “I have found this past year that my students were unaware of community organizations and their mission goals. As the students learn of and interact directly with the organizations, they will gain a sense of pride in their community, gain experience with communication skills, and learn to collaborate in in a project-based learning environment.” Mr. Pearson’s hope has turned into reality as his students took it upon themselves to go to the Weld County Food Bank to see how the tables they are building will fit on their packaging line. “They are researching, creating, testing, and finishing their own designs.”
Along with tables for the Weld County Food Bank, students are also working on several projects for Family Lutheran Services. Some students have worked on a bench that will be housed in their courtyard, others have been working on refurbishing furniture that will be used for the refugee services program.
Their finished projects include silhouettes that will be placed around the community to bring awareness to Free Our Girls, the nonprofit that works to bring awareness to sex trafficking, and who provide services and outreach projects to those that have been victims.
We have seen a couple stages of these projects, and are very excited to fund such a wonderful project. The class will host a public viewing as they present their projects to representatives from each non-profit on December 14, 2018 from 8:45-9:15 a.m.