Sayler Park Students and Parents Prep for First Year of Project-Based Learning


Resource coordinator Joy Rosebrook, a student rep, Principal Sowders, and board members Carolyn Jones and Eve Bolton cut the ribbon to the new Vision 2020 school.

Sayler Park School’s back-to-school event was full of anticipation from parents, students and teachers as they kicked off the school’s new Vision 2020 program.

Sayler Park School’s ballet club dancers performed for parents and students.

Sayler Park School is one of six schools launching a new specialized program for the 2018-19 academic year through CPS’ Vision 2020: My Tomorrow initiative. Sayler Park School’s focus, Project-Based Learning in the Community, aims to empower students to work alongside Sayler Park residents to solve real-world problems and achieve academic success.

Students took their fully-stamped passports to the school supplies table to “shop” for new items for the school year.

“This program gives our students a purpose to help their community and build more meaningful relationships with their teachers as they work together to learn and solve problems,” said principal Jamie Sowders. “Sayler Park is an extremely close-knit community, so this Project-Based Learning in the Community program will bring us even closer together and show

Students took part in activities at community partner tables to get their passports stamped.

what our students are capable of.”

There was a visible excitement around this program from teachers and staff, even proposing the possibility of helping the community with a solution for how to get people across River Road safely to Fernbank Park.

The new program also prompted an updated vision: “Ignite creativity, unleash potential, inspire greatness.”

After the ribbon-cutting ceremony with Sowders, resource coordinator Joy Rosebrook, board members Carolyn Jones and Eve Bolton, and a student representative, families were invited to meet their teachers and visit their classrooms.

Community partners were also present to share helpful information. Students took passports around to each partner for a stamp and then collected school supplies by handing in a fully-stamped passport. Families were also treated to food and ice cream.

Learn more about Sayler Park School’s new program and keep up with them throughout the year at


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