Students said it would improve test scores, concentration and students’ wakefulness.
Other groups surveyed students at the school to get feedback. One group asked seventh- and eighth-grade students if they would prefer year-round school, which has breaks in varying length, to what is in place now. 83 percent said yes.
Another group that surveyed students asked eighth graders what they thought about increasing field trips and promoting hands-on learning and 85 percent said it was a good idea, the group said.
Students seemed to think hands-on learning would provide a better experience. Students recalled trips to the zoo, aquarium and children’s museum.
Another school improvement idea popular among administration and policy-makers — healthier or better school lunches — was a favorite topic among students. One of the groups said providing fresh vegetables and fruit and adding seasoning or spices would increase the number of students eating school lunches. A suggested solution was creating a community garden at the school to help make that possible.
Students looked into other topics as well, such as getting bigger lockers. Currently they are stacked with top and bottom rows, making it hard to get into the locker if someone above or below your locker is around. Students looked at ways to get new lockers which involved procuring funding.
Administrators gave questions they would have to Prohm’s classes, including how the projects would be funded. In response, students included funding options in their presentations, including grants available and fundraiser opportunities that could take place to make the school improvement suggestions a reality.
Prohm thought the projects were a success. He was excited to see his students work together and research ideas.
“I was happy to see them overcome shyness and work in a group to build skills needed in life,” Prohm said.
Amie Sites is a staff reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at 574-732-5117 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her: @PharosAES.