It’s almost summer, and for many schools that means winding down the school year and focusing less on academics. This couldn’t be less true for CT Experiential Learning Center. The CT Experiential Learning Center, or CELC, is based in Stony Creek, and their philosophy is “you’re never not doing something!” And boy, do they practice what they teach. “There is so much to do!” says Jakob, a third-year student.
The big end-of-year project, called ‘Theme Project’, is a large project in which every CELC student participates. Each student builds an environment and presents information about the assigned subject, in relation to the year’s theme. “Theme is a roller coaster of emotion!” exclaims Jakob, “There was just so much to do, and I felt pressure to do it all.”
Each year has its own theme, which dictates how the year’s learning goes. This year’s theme is officially called Heritage, Ethnicity, and the Quest for Freedom in America, but among students it’s known as Immigration.
For Immigration, each student was assigned a country. Every student had to tell the story of immigration to America and for the presentation had to become someone who would have emigrated from their country in the time period.
When asked what his favorite part of Theme was, Jakob said, “My favorite part was presenting to my parents and seeing how proud they were.” Yes, Theme is a lot of work, but the hard work and effort the students put into their project makes it worth it!
CELC’s students will be presenting their Theme projects Friday, June 5th at the Blackstone Library from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Curious to see how our students do? Come and see for yourself! Theme presentation is open to everyone.
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