Hutchings Students’ Idea on How to Improve Recess Becomes Reality

Hutchings Students’ Idea on How to Improve Recess Becomes Reality
Posted on 06/10/2016
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An idea by five Hutchings Elementary School third grade students on how to improve recess has become a reality. Earlier this year, Sage, Gabrielle, Madilyn, Peyton and Jordan used project-based learning to brainstorm, develop and research their idea to install a Little Free Library on the school’s playground. The students then presented their idea to parents, school staff and district administration. Upon hearing about the idea, Eric Hamilton, Breanna Wright and Courtney Wright, students in Howell High School’s Construction Trades program agreed to build a Little Free Library for the Hutchings Elementary playground. They were aided by Craig Sweesy, a mentor in the Construction Trades program.

The Hutchings students were happy, excited, surprised and very proud to see their project become a reality. When asked if she thought her project would come to be, Jordan replied, “I didn’t think so, but it did.”

Hutchings Elementary held a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for the Little Free Library June 9. During the ceremony Sage, Gabrielle, Madilyn, Peyton and Jordan had an opportunity to meet the high school students who built the Little Free Library for their school. The Hutchings Elementary Little Free Library as been registered with Little Free Library organization. A special charter sign which will include the library’s charter number and the names of the students who participated in the project will be attached to the Little Free Library over the summer.

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