Iowa BIG Hosts Open House at Boyson Location
Everyone who attended was able to learn more about the initiative-based program Iowa BIG. Parents of current and prospective students were also in attendance. Additionally, there were community partners who currently work with Iowa BIG and some prospective partners as well.
Kerndt Bank, which is in the lower level of the building, even brought a huge plant with a sign on it that said “Welcome to the Neighborhood.”
“Everyone loved the scrum boards,” said Iowa BIG teacher Liz Sheka. The boards are “the physical evidence of work being done.” During the open house, the boards served as conversation starters with the students. “People loved the atmosphere and the whole concept of community project-based learning and what it offers students beyond the classroom,” she added.
Everyone really enjoyed our community win tree, where we put up leaf stickies highlighting community engagement successes on the part of students, she stated. “Everyone loved talking to the students about their work and seeing the enthusiasm for school in this learner-centered approach.” She added. “We had nearly twenty students who spent two hours here engaged with all of the visitors.”
According to Sheka, the event was a huge success. The event was highlighted with an $8,000 donation from the Linn-Mar Foundation!