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CBL: OCT 2016

October CBL Summary

Our October Challenge Based Learning day found our groups investigating designated Essential Questions, involved in Guiding Activities, and INNOVATIVELY collaborating, narrowing their groups’ scope to define their Challenges.

Our Health and Fitness group – continues to collect data regarding usage of the Bcycles, with the hopes of securing a grant to expand locations. They INNOVATIVELY surveyed some parents who were attending Parent Teacher conferences collecting data (with a set goal of 200 surveys). Two groups collaborated (the research team and the grant writing team) as they make progress on their grant submission.

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Our Mentoring group (Christmas/Beach) having divided into 2 teams, visited APSU and consulted with professors and students continuing to investigate mentoring and advising. They are assessing the value mentors have had on their own lives, with the desire to form relationships providing mentorship to others.

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The Food Security Group (Burkhart/Williams) – volunteered at Loaves and Fishes, organizing kitchen items, assisting with lunch preparation, and made a donation to the Loaves and Fishes Pantry of over 200 canned good items.

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The Beautification group has established their Challenge, and have begun implementing their Solution. They have partnered with Montgomery County Animal Control to create a mural on the exterior wall. They have sketches drawn, and were creating a layout/gridwork of the sketches.

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Our Food Production Group (Boyd/Walker) continues work at the Brandon Hill Community Garden tending to Cool Weather crops planted on our September CBL day. Those crops, turnip greens, kale, etc. were cooked and served at a Community Event held at Brandon Hills on Saturday Oct 22, which was National Make a Difference Day.

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Coach Magrans’ Recreation group Team Pura Vida hosted a Ribbon Cutting Event at the newly installed Disc Golf Course. They are already receiving feedback on the course design and skill level. A tournament was held on Saturday with participants from surrounding counties and states. Student designed Commemorative Discs were distributed to each student, county leaders and representatives who attended the Ribbon Cutting.

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First Responders (Stonesfier) had a guest speaker representing EMT’s from the Clarksville area, informing them of the needs of our dedicated First Responders.

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Our Military Support group under the direction of Coach Bragg, painted hearts for the Arts for Hearts organization. The hearts will be fired and glazed and distributed at our local Veterans home by their program director, to Veterans who resided there. These hearts will serve as a visual reminder of how much their service to our country is appreciated. Coach Bragg’s group also worked on their INNOVATIVE Fall Festival Booth which will serve as a fundraiser with a Military theme…Bootcamp Obstacle Course.

Mrs. Little and Mrs. Lindsey’s Environment group continues to assist Dr. Dwayne Estes and APSU’s Prairie Restoration Project at a piece of property recently added to Dunbar Cave State Park. They spent their day removing invasive species, and plan on propagating existing prairie species next month.

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Our Transportation group (Hood/Moore) is planning an event at an upcoming assembly, as they investigate Distracted Driving. The group installed a counter near our Sports Complex that will serve to collect data.  They will host a Fall Festival Booth fundraiser NO HOCUS POCUS…TURN OFF THE PHONE AND FOCUS, in conjunction with National Teen Safe Driving Week.

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Our Youth Matters group (Bauer) continues to investigate ways Youth can positively impact our community. They are investigating ideas that utilize Youth in INNOVATIVE ways focusing on incorporating Youth in 2 ways…both using Youth as mentors and exploring ways to assist Youth in our community.

Performing Arts group (Pitt/Hollis) used their talents and performed Blanchfield Army Hospital for a Ft. Campbell Community event, and also performed at Dogwood Bend Residential Center. They volunteered at the Roxy Regional Theater as they continue investigating and utilizing guiding resources.

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