Prairie High School is "Honored" to fly to new levels
Students learn at the highest level in a rigorous and relevant environment. This year, Prairie Alternative High School students took on a meaningful project. It was challenging, relevant, and students learned about war veterans, volunteering, being active in the community, and fundraising.
At the beginning of the year, alternative staff members collaborated and designed a project-based learning (PBL) unit for their students. This hands-on approach encompassed all disciplines and allowed each student to take ownership in this project. The Eastern Iowa Honor Flight was chosen by staff as a community service partner. History students were asked to write historically accurate letters to United States Veterans who have served in various conflicts. English students created awareness of the project and participated in a letter writing campaign to raise funds for the project. Horticulture students grew and sold various herbs. Photography students recycled used pallets to create holiday decorations, which students were able to sell at Cedar Rapids NewBo Market. Student Council members held bake and beverage sales. Finally, throughout the year, several veterans were able to visit the Alternative School and speak with the students about their war experiences and answer questions.
Initially, the students hoped to raise enough funds to send one veteran to Washington D.C. on April's Honor Flight. However, as the year progressed, students continued to raise funds and the 35 students were able to raise just over $2,900 to sponsor five veterans on the April 21st, 2015 flight. Based on their accomplishments from this project, the students were recently awarded a Certificate of Recognition and Appreciation by Eastern Iowa Honor Flight President, Kevin Vogel. As a culminating activity, students welcomed the Honor Flight Veterans back to the Eastern Iowa Airport in Cedar Rapids on the evening of Tuesday, April 21st, 2015.
"Take Care of Yourself, Take Care of Others, and Take Care of Prairie." It's a simple motto we ask our students to remember as they progress through High School. Through this project, students exemplified what it means to "Take care of Prairie."
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