Waterloo Elementary Students Designing Running Track

posted Oct 21, 2013, 6:21 AM by webmaster district   [ updated Oct 21, 2013, 6:23 AM ]

Waterloo Elementary School students have worked together to create a project intended to benefit the entire community. 

Principal Nicole Veit and members of her teaching staff attended Tuesday’s meeting of the DeKalb Central school board and described how the students have arrived at a project to design and create a running track. 

“They want to do it. They want to create,” Veit said. She explained how students participated in project-based learning and came up with something to work on together as an entire school.

Each class generated ideas, Veit said. 

“We recognize that the school is the hub of our community. It’s a hang-out spot,” she added. 

Students narrowed down the proposals and used a method of “hot dot” voting to select their top two choices. 

The running track was the winning project, and the school is partnering with The Home Depot in planning, development and implementation, the school board heard. The Home Depot also will work with the school to renovate an outdoor learning area that has become neglected, Veit said. 

Kindergarten teacher Julie Haiflich said the project has helped students to master numerous state standards as they worked on various tasks. 

The running track’s planning stages will take place this winter, with completion targeted for this spring. The goal is to have a ribbon-cutting ceremony during the school’s Wildcat Showcase in May. 

Article from The Star on Friday, October 18, 2013 -- Written by KATHRYN BASSETT