Elementary students enlightened at local high schools

Posted 3/19/19

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Elementary students enlightened at local high schools

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Earlier this semester, more than 700 fifth-graders from 10 Bradley County elementary schools headed to the campuses of Walker Valley High School and Bradley Central High School for a morning of interactive learning. 

Upon their arrival, high school student leaders and led them on a tour of the premises. After the tour, students were divided into groups and shadowed classrooms from their pre-determined areas of interest. 

They worked on group projects, engaged with students individually or were a part of the everyday happenings in a specific classroom. Some of the learning activities included performing CPR on human and dog dummies, conducting science experiments, working on various interactive machines and creating styles in a hair and nail salon.

Many students left with a souvenir from the experience. Business teachers at BCHS had students market and sell popsicles to fellow students and teachers. They then used the profit from their sales to purchase items from the school store. Nathan McKay, AV teacher at WVHS, had students produce their own news program, reporting on events, weather and sports in the school’s studio.

Students took surveys afterwards and gave the morning rave reviews. Counselors and teachers also praised the experience.  

“Today was a great day for our students,” said Leah Walker, school counselor at Charleston Elementary. “When asked to raise their hand if they were excited to attend Walker Valley, they all raised their hands.”

The schools hope to continue this experience every year.

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