CONNECTING OUR COMMUNITY TO THE CLASSROOM
Connecting interested community members to Greenfield-Central classrooms is the purpose of Wish Upon a Star. Launched in 2012, the program collects lists of unfunded needs from teachers throughout the district and posts them online for review. Members of the community can review the requests, find an item that matches their interests, and provide the necessary dollars to assist educators in their learning initiatives.
Since its inception, Wish Upon a Star has funded more than $80,000 in teachers’ wishes—all granted by appreciative members of our community.
Squeals of fear and excitement didn’t scare the bugs away in Greenfield-Central’s fourth-grade classrooms. With a “Wish Upon a Star” donor, GCSF sponsored “Bug in a Bag,” presenting insects and the important role they have in the environment by Purdue entomology professor Tom Turpin.
All G-C fourth-graders took part and even had the opportunity to hold one of several insects brought by Turpin—from cockroaches to caterpillars and a tarantula named Rosie. The program supported the students’ study of insects, giving them hands-on experience with a variety of bugs.
Fourth-grade teacher Lisa Leliaert was not at all surprised by the students’ interest. “Tom came last year, too, and the kids just love it.”
Parents of the fourth-graders may not be quite as enthusiastic about the program, as several students indicated their desire to have a pet insect after holding Rosie. “It was awesome because it felt weird,” one indicated. “I want a spider as a pet now, so I can hold it all the time.”
Greater than, less than, shapes, word building, rhyming, listening skills, and a whole lot more.
Learning is more fun when you’re using an iPad! With a donor granting their “Wish Upon a Star” request of three iPads, cases and iTunes cards, Sara Houston’s kindergarten class typically can’t wait to see the newest app they get to use to build reading, math and creativity skills.
The kindergarteners are excited to use the iPads, sparking their passion for learning, creating and using technology. Extra iPad time is awarded for good behavior and hard work in class.
The iPads give students uniquely engaging ways to practice reading and math. Using iPads, the students work on letter identification and sounds with word and sentence building and reading, plus number sequencing and counting. Other skill sets being developed include identifying shapes and objects, listening, following directions, and creatively using art and pictures. And, of course, technology skills!
“It’s opened up a new way of expanding my students’ minds!” Houston exclaims. Not just today’s students, but tomorrow’s, too.
Click here to learn more about the Wish Upon a Star program and see current teacher wishes needing donor funding to come true.