Silver City School Receives Boost To Aid Gila River Watershed Project

Sep 23, 2013

  Silver City, New Mexico– Aldo Leopold Charter School will receive a $26,935 service-learning grant for an innovative service-learning initiative called “The Gila River Watershed Project” from the State Farm Youth Advisory Board (YAB). Aldo Leopold Charter School is one of 64 community organizations to receive a service-learning, youth-led grant across the United States and Canada.  The Gila River Watershed Project will engage The Aldo Leopold Charter High School’s Eco Monitoring Science Class, with the help of their teachers and community partners, and will develop and lead high interest service learning activities to compliment science and math curriculum in several 4th and 5th grade classes at local elementary schools in the community,” said YAB board member Kaitlyn Frederick.  “Service-learning is an excellent way to engage students outside of the traditional ‘chalk and blackboard’ model, and our board really liked this project’s core goals.” “Aldo Leopold Charter School will collaborate with our friends at the Gila Conservation and Education Center to help support new opportunities for service learning in several classrooms throughout southwest New Mexico.” Said Steve Blake, science teacher. “Aldo students will do classroom presentations on water conservation and help elementary school students collect data in tandem with their teachers’ new service learning curriculum.” “State Farm supports service-learning because it integrates service to the community into classroom curriculum using a hands-on approach to mastering subject material while fostering civic responsibility,” said State Farm Public Affairs Manager Liz Ring.  “The State Farm Youth Advisory Board is a prime example of State Farm’s commitment to education, our community and our youth.”