- McKenna Elementary
McKenna Students Show Creativity and Compassion
To keep the creative juices flowing and to give children some time away from their devices, McKenna Elementary School has been posting weekly challenges. As most schoolwork is digital during the school closure for the COVID-19 pandemic, these challenges allow students to “unplug” while still engaging in meaningful learning.
Emphasizing the importance of literacy, each student was encouraged to build a reading fort in his or her home. Students used blankets, pillows, tables, towels and more to construct cozy places for reading. They let their imaginations loose in a Lego challenge and made tasty treats for their families in the baking and cooking challenge. The essential workers challenge asked students to find different ways to show their support for first responders and front-line workers including food drives, cards for nurses and thank-you signs on front lawns.
Principal Dr. Amanda Lowry and Assistant Principal Mary Anne Ferraro sent out a video each week announcing the challenges and invited families to submit photos of the finished creations.
“Our goal was to give our students balance,” Ms. Ferraro said. “We wanted our challenges to be focused on being away from the computer, promoting family time and being creative.”
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