Students, community partners, elected officials, families and staff gathered at Rockdale Academy for a ribbon-cutting ceremony on in September, celebrating the new specialized Global Conservation curriculum.
Rockdale Academy is one of nine schools that launched a new specialized program this school year through Cincinnati Public Schools’ Vision 2020: My Tomorrow program. Rockdale Academy’s Global Conservation program for grades PreK-6 promotes the motto, “Healthy Me, Healthy World.” The goal is for students to learn the skills to maintain a healthy lifestyle and develop into globally-minded advocates who care about the world around them.
“Our community needs this program, and it’s such a great fit,” said Belinda Tubbs-Wallace, principal at Rockdale Academy. “Who needs a healthier community more than our community? We’ve truly embraced it. To see the change so quickly, and to see it so personal, makes a world of difference.”
Teachers and students have embraced the new program in a variety of ways. For example, students in grade 6 have already had the chance to apply what they’re learning and act on it on a field trip to the Ohio River to remove debris and learn about how it makes its way into the river and pollutes the Cincinnati’s drinking water. The library has a display of typical soft drinks and sports drinks and shows the amount of sugar in each one, as well as the long-term effects on the body of consuming sugary drinks daily.
At the ribbon-cutting ceremony, community partners had the chance to meet one another and mingle with student ambassadors, teachers, faculty and staff. They got to hear first-hand how the program has impacted the community.
Representatives from community partners included Johnson and Johnson, Hamilton County Recycling and Waste Division, Tri-Health, the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, Duke Energy, the Greater Cincinnati Urban League, Church of the Living God, Girls with Pearls, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and Avondale Comprehensive Development Corporation (ACDC). All were introduced by Principal Belinda Tubbs-Wallace and had the opportunity to take photos with student ambassadors.
Learn more and keep up with Rockdale Academy throughout the year at rockdaleacademy.cps-k12.org.