New Tech Students Install Signs at Rieke Park

posted Nov 25, 2013, 6:11 AM by webmaster district   [ updated Dec 2, 2013, 9:24 AM ]

     On Friday, November 22nd a group of New Tech Visual and Verbal Communications Students helped install inspirational signs they designed and made. They were installed in Rieke Park in Auburn.

     In September 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 Rieke 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 helped in directing students towards more specific and beneficial topics.  Representatives from the Parks Department, DeKalb Health, Rieke, Nucor, Americraft and the YMCA came out to the school and listened 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 of rubber stencil. After painstakingly applying the adhesive stencil to cedar the signs were sandblasted into wood.  

     Each has a beneficial quote.  One group researched physical wellness and made a sign that states “Drink Water Live Longer”. Another studied social wellness. Their sign 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.  Another group was inspired after researching bullying. They designed a sign with the golden rule. "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you". 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. Rick Hower and the Parks Department board also helped with this project.  Facilitators are Amy Buchs and Nancy Irwin.