Burke Town School Helps Community

Burke town school projectDONOTSAVEOVER copy 2WEST BURKE - For the first time, 8th graders at the Burke Town School are doing many projects to help the community through a partnership created through the One Burke Task Force. These projects help the students learn how to do basic life skills such as baking, gardening, first aid, and they are also learning how to protect the environment. Each student gets to choose what project they would like to partake in.

"I think it's fun to see everything come together, and the diversity of the projects. Also it's fun to see them working together for the community," said teacher Morgan Moore.

The school's first aid program helped students learn how to do basic first aid. Some of the things that the students learned how to do were fixing broken arms temporarily, and fixing cuts and wounds. These skills are useful for when the students don't have access to proper medical care right away.

"We gave back that knowledge by teaching the first grade, the third grade and the fourth graders, and we hope to continue to teach others these skills, such as the after school program and the outdoor club," said student Avery Tomczyk.

The students are learning how to bake for a community dinner they are holding on June 6th. Their math teacher sees this as a great learning opportunity for the students because they are able to learn math skills while baking. They are learning how to bake rolls, pretzels and are even learning how to make spaghetti for their dinner.

"They have learned fractions and measuring out food with measuring cups. I think it's a really great thing to be able to have our 8th graders be learning with real world experience, and really doing some hands on activities and letting them choose how they learn has been a great thing for them," said math teacher Courtney Murray.

Some of the students are also able to learn how to take care of the environment by growing trees and providing food for animals. They will be starting to grow apple trees, cherry trees and a few other trees.

"All three of us grew up hunting and being outdoors, a lot which is why we grew an interest in wanting to learn more about taking care of our environment, " said student Luke Mccormack.

The grant that has made these opportunities possible for the 8th graders will also help fund the rebuilding and expansion of the gym as well as making bigger classrooms.

"Our gym is small and so when we play hockey in it, people run into one another. We are advocators for changing our school to make it bigger so that people aren't running into one another while playing sports in the gym," said student Emma Newell.

The 8th graders would love to continue these projects for future students for many more years.