Rockdale Academy celebrated community partners, conservation at Global Discovery Day

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Students, parents, teachers and members of the community gathered at Rockdale Academy to recognize Rockdale students’ efforts to help save our planet through an awareness-building luncheon, tour and series of competitive games, commemorating Global Discovery Day, just one day before Earth Day.

Representatives from the Avondale Comprehensive Development Corporation, the Greater Cincinnati Urban League, Ronald McDonald House, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC), Cincinnati State Community College and the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden took part in some fun events like 3-on-3 basketball and tug of war in friendly competitions against students and staff. 

Students worked on projects throughout the school year to showcase during this event. For example, second graders fashioned new items from recycled materials. One even created a foosball table out of a cardboard box. And third graders demonstrated how dams help protect animal habitats and created a video to demonstrate good habits such as throwing away litter and recycling plastic bottles.

As part of the event, community members in attendance were invited to tour Rockdale Academy, which is a Community Learning Center (CLC). As a CLC, Rockdale strives to go beyond academics to provide a hub for services available to all students, their families and the entire community. Rockdale offers these services thanks to the collaboration and support of partners and the committed community of Avondale.

“We love that [our partners]spent Friday afternoon with us,” said Belinda Tubbs Wallace, principal of Rockdale Academy. “We have the most engaging community in Cincinnati. The care and concern from each entity is recognized and we appreciate the support they provide.”

The event helped celebrate Rockdale’s new Vision 2020 program, Global Conservation, which launches this fall. The new program will offer students field studies, service learning projects and access to cutting-edge technology. Rockdale is one of nine schools introducing new programs for the 2017-2018 school year. Other focus areas include: math & science discovery, creative integration of arts & sciences and technology. Along with the others, which include Ethel M. Taylor Academy, Bond Hill Academy, Mt. Washington School, College Hill Academy, John P. Parker School, Rock Hill Academy, Frederick Douglass School and South Avondale School, Rockdale is offering unique ways to apply academic concepts through hands-on activities and project-based learning. 

This is part of an overarching initiative, Vision 2020: My Tomorrow Plan, introduced by Cincinnati Public Schools in 2016. The plan is designed to bring greater equity, access and opportunity to all students to attend great schools. It is designed to prepare students with the real-world knowledge and skills they need to be successful.

To learn more about Vision 2020: My Tomorrow Plan, visit www.cps-k12.org.

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