Congratulations to Garrison students Hanen Mohamed, Mia Roughton and Miriam Hutchens, whose project was selected as a State of Innovation Challenge honoree. The team designed and built a prototype smartphone app designed to address teen mental health. Out of nearly 90 projects received from over 200 students statewide, their project was one of only eight projects selected and was commended for its creativity, detail, and effort.
The project began when the girls volunteered to participate in the State of Innovation Challenge, sponsored by the State of Washington, designed to engage youth in creating solutions to the real world problems facing our state. This year’s challenge topic was COVID-19 and the team selected from three distinct cases: The Food Chain, Responding to COVID-19, and Post COVID-19. Throughout their learning journey, the students interacted with and received guidance from local non-profits, as well as graduate students from the University of Washington.
The team was coached and led by Mike Bertram, STEM Teacher, and Will Hammond, 21st CLCC Program Director. Mr. Bertram said, “It was challenging at first, collaborating with the kids through Zoom meetings, but they became an awesome team and performed brilliantly. We couldn’t be more proud of their hard work and achievement. Well done!”
Four students in Mrs. Clearman's 8th grade Social Studies class (Bryce Hollopeter, Macy Eggart, Carly Newton and Piper Fredrickson) recently auditioned to be judges for the upcoming season of the popular podcast Smash Boom Best--which takes a lighthearted approach to debating. Previous year's topics included tacos vs. pizza, sugar vs. salt and mermaids vs. bigfoot, among others.
Carly Newton and Macy Eggert were selected to judge two episodes in the upcoming Season Four, which will be recorded at a studio in Walla Walla, in May. Newton will be judging a debate on Fairies vs. Giants and Eggart, Honey vs. Pickles. These episodes aired between August 5th and September 23rd. You can check out the podcasts on their website at https://www.smashboom.org/. Congratulations to all four students!
Diversify Our Narrative reading challenge is still underway until April 30th.
Choose a book from the identified list, read, enjoy, complete the Google
survey and possibly win a prize!! Some of the titles to choose from are:
Recently the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) extended the free meal program through December to help ensure all children have access to nutritious food as the country recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, all meals will be free for all children ages 1-18 years. This includes children not enrolled in school. Parents and guardians may pick up meals for their children.