Southeast Elementary Second Grade Students Apply for Grant for New Drinking Fountain
1/6/17 - Recently students in Kim Hahn and Roxane Spence’s second-grade classes at Southeast Elementary worked with Kate Rossetter, Howell Public Schools instructional coach and Jill Cain, Southeast Elementary technology teacher to use project-based learning to write persuasive letters on why their school should receive a grant from Delta Dental for a new drinking fountain with a water bottle filling station. The letters were sent as supporting materials with the grant application. Project-based learning incorporates many academic areas such as math, science, social students, reading and writing. It allows students to see how what they are learning in school relates to the real world.
The students began the project by completing research on why drinking water is a healthy option and conducted a survey of fellow students to see if there was support for a new drinking fountain. Using their research and the survey data each student drafted their persuasive letter urging Delta Dental to select their school as the grant recipient. “In our letter, we told them we should get a new drinking fountain because it would be easier to fill our water bottle,” said Alexandria, Southeast second-grade student.
To celebrate the completion of the project, the students invited their family and classmates to learn about their project and listen to their persuasive letters. If the school is awarded the grant, the new drinking fountain will be installed at Three Fires Elementary and the Southeast second-graders will visit Three Fires to share with the students there about the project and the drinking fountain.