CHESTER – First-grade students and teachers at C.C. Wells Elementary School have worked closely with Magnolias of Chesterfield, an assisted living facility, for their yearly Project Based Learning project.
Students took information they have been taught and worked on self-directed projects to create and share products based on real-world problems.
The students chose to focus on showing good citizenship. They made crafts during each season to send to the people living at the facility.
“I can help my community by making crafts for the memory care facility and making their room look pretty,” first-grader Jackson Lanham said.
In the fall, students made fall-themed cards.
During Christmastime, students made fingerprint hearts on tiles and collected warm socks for the residents.
Also, red and pink sun catchers were delivered to decorate the windows at Valentine’s Day.
The final project was a spring painting on canvas panels. The canvases were delivered when the students visited the facility, performed and completed crafts with residents.
Students from all of the classes reflected after the trip about how it made them feel and what made them proud.
They have now completed their projects, which will be shared with their parents May 25 along with an encore performance.
The project took place throughout the school year and teacher Nancy Thweatt said she hopes it will leave a lasting impression on the first-graders to become involved citizens in the community as they grow up.