Ben Franklin had a colleague named Jefferson. This month, The Franklin Institute has found a colleague called Jefferson Elementary, the online school of the month. Located in Huntington, West Virginia, Jefferson Elementary School is actively stretching its classroom walls. Faculty and students are using the web to expand their educational community of learning. They state, "Our mission is to get all children excited about learning!" Clearly, the web is helping them achieve that goal.
Take a look at their Student Writing Gallery. Students have published their excellent creative writing. In the Art Gallery, students share their artistic impressions. Recently, students created portraits of Van Gogh after a lesson in his life and art. Integrated activities like this seem commonplace.
Students are also involved with community service. During the month of November, they participated in a canned food drive for needy community members. They extend their learning experiences out into the community by taking interesting field trips. They participate in the HOSTS program, or "help one student to succeed." A community member is matched with one student in a mentoring relationship. The classroom walls are definitely expanding.
The Just Say No Club is active in the school and local community, providing students with fun activities to occupy their extra-curricular time. The 4th and 5th grade students have published essays on what it means to be drug-free.
Visit Jefferson Elementary this month and, like Franklin, you'll find a friend in Jefferson.
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