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CORWIN FIFTH GRADERS MAKE AN IMPACT IN COMMUNITY
The mission of the International Baccalaureate program is to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.
In the Primary Years Programme, the culminating experience is referred to as Exhibition: student-driven and designed projects that provide scholars the opportunity to champion a cause and take responsible personal action to make a positive difference in the community.
This week, Corwin International Magnet School fifth graders revealed their Exhibitions to a stream of visitors that included students, staff, parents and community dignitaries D60 Board of Education President Tommy Farrell and Athletics Director Aaron Bravo, Chief of Police Chris Noeller and Deputy Chief Jim Martin, Fire Chief Barb Huber, and City Council President and mayoral candidate Heather Graham.
Addressing real issues affecting the community and region – homelessness, children in crisis, unwanted animals, pollution and trash, senior loneliness, inactivity among youth, bullying – the fifth graders applied research and information into the formulation of a viable solution.
As an example, to provide the Pueblo Police Department with toys, games, coloring books, stuffed animals and other items for children facing traumatic and frightening situations, the “Kids in Crisis” team first raised $1,500 through a GoFundMe drive.
Fund- and item-raising drives also benefitted animal rescues, homeless "hope boxes," a Ronald McDonald House in Colorado Springs, and Gear Up, a local enterprise that provides sports equipment to children in need.
To bring joy and smiles to seniors in an assisted living facility, team members purchased stuffed animals, crossword puzzle books and other items and personally delivered them. Another project sees fifth-graders play an active role in the cultivation of a community garden in Ray Aguilera Park.
Fifth-graders also used the Exhibition platform to raise awareness of such issues as breast cancer, pro-kill animal shelters, mammal captivity in sea parks, inequality in women’s sports, and the importance of cruelty-free products.