Each year teachers and local business people, representing 20 elementary school classrooms, participate in the district’s Adopt-a-Class program. They organize many activities with students throughout the year that best fit the curriculum and the focus of the business or organization. Two activities recently took place at Windsor Elementary School.
Second graders earn their white belts
Melissa Salinas’s second grade class partners with Tony Armstrong, owner of Midwest Professional Karate. Last week students were presented their white belts for completing their fifth class with Tony.
According to Salinas, “The students were filled with pride from receiving their belts and very thankful for Mr. Armstrong’s dedication to them and everything else he does for the district.”
Third graders attend special DeForest Area Rotary Club meeting
On Wednesday, March 8 members of the DeForest Area Rotary Club celebrated Dr. Seuss’s birthday with Theresa Gartland’s 3rd grade class at Windsor Elementary School.
As part of the school district’s Adopt-a-Class program, Rotary members visit the classroom throughout the school year talking about Rotary, service, and their individual occupations. In March, they invite the class to join them for one of their weekly meetings to enjoy lunch and some Dr. Seuss fun! The class also conducts a fundraiser each year to help send students to school in Haiti. During the March 8 luncheon, Pastor Dave McDonald spoke to students about life and education in Haiti.
The adopt-a-class program started in the DeForest Area School District in 1997. According to Debbie Brewster, Coordinator of School/Community Relations, “the program provides an opportunity for local businesses to develop a long-term relationship with students. The teacher and business person work together to provide students with an insight into future careers, learn appropriate work ethics, and apply school work to the world outside of the classroom.” At the end of each year, students are invited to visit the business.
For more information, visit the school district website at: http://www.deforestschools.org – Community – Partnerships, or contact Debbie Brewster in the Office of School/Community Relations at (608) 842-6581.