It all started in September when a committee of 9th grade New Tech Students attended an Auburn Parks Department Board Meeting to talk with board members and get approval for designing and installing signs for our Reike Park this fall. Visual and Verbal Communication students then set to work researching the 7 life dimensions that lead to a quality life. In order to best promote wellness in our community they researched social wellness, physical wellness, spiritual wellness, environmental wellness, emotional wellness, intellectual wellness, financial and occupational wellness. The topic on each of these signs addresses one of these dimensions of life.
Each student created a presentation to promote the importance their choice of wellness. Students stated real evidence of the importance of that wellness topic and evidence of issues that impair it. The class voted for the topics that they believed were most important.
New Tech Projects are typically real life based. Students are presented with a real challenge and often require community input. Representatives from our community offered help in directing students towards more specific and beneficial topics. Representatives from the Parks Department, DeKalb Health, Reike, Nucor, Americraft and the YMCA came out to the school and listen to student group presentations. We had a Shark Tank situation. Each group had the goal of selling their idea for a sign to the panel of professionals from our community. Students were nervous but gained valuable experience with professional public speaking. The community committee chose the top 9 sign messages.
Students learned software for automatic cutting. They made stencils and signs were sandblasted into cedar wood. Each has a beneficial quote. One sign states “Drink Water Live Longer” another reads. “There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.” – a quote from Nelson Mandala. There are 9 signs along the walkway between the lodge and playground.
This project was made possible by DeKalb Health Hospital who sponsored the signs. Home Depot donated the posts and hardware. Ben Smaltz from Taylor Rental donated labor by digging holes for the posts.
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