Wednesday, March 05, 2008
Fourth Hour class shines at state Project Citizen competition
By RAYCEE THOMPSON
Room 210 Editor
Mr. Rocky Biggers' eighth grade history classes all worked on Project Citizen, but only one class was able to go to Jefferson City to compete with other schools around the state Monday.
Project Citizen is where the class takes a problem that it would like to solve and researches it. Then it looks at all of its options of how it can solve the problem and picks the one it believes works best and then creates a policy to implement it. Lastly, the class comes up with an action plan on how to get the policy implemented.
On March 3rd at 5:15 a.m., Mr. Biggers' fourth hour class began its journey to Jefferson City for Project Citizen. It was a long trip, but once we got their it was definitely worth it.
At about 11 a.m., we presented our suicide prevention project for Project Citizen to the judges. After that, we ate lunch and then went back to listen to the awards ceremony. Mr. Biggers' fourth hour class was presented with an Excellent award. Once the ceremony was over, we were able to get a tour of the Capital Building. Once our long day was over, we headed home at about 3 pm.
This was a learning experience that many of us will always remember with precise detail. Our class is even going to try and carry on with this program since it is doable, which would be great to change something in our school that could possibly save a life. I'm really just glad that Mr. Biggers gave us the opportunity to work on Project Citizen.
(Note: The class is hoping to take its suicide prevention program before the Joplin R-8 Board of Education.)