At our first public meeting on May 24th, we had so many great ideas presented to us and so many possibilities for partnerships. One such partnership has started with the Indianola Informal School, at the corner of Calumet and Weber. At Indianola, students are exposed to an integrated, informal learning program that encompasses art, dance, music (orchestra, band and choir) along with writing, math, science and reading. Students learn beyond the classroom how to become involved in the community through local partnerships with businesses, universities, non-profits and neighbors. This school really embodies the mission statement of Columbus City Schools: “Each student is highly educated, prepared for leadership and service, and empowered for success as a citizen in a global community.”
We hope to involve these students with various projects such as butterfly way stations (Monarchs or Swallowtails!) and any thing else that we can come up with. It’s great to pass along our love of nature to this next generation. And since these students come from all over Columbus, they carry all they learn back throughout our city. A big thanks to Cindy Gunn for being the liaison between Indianola Informal and the arboretum!
Until next time!