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Located in south St. Petersburg, very close to Tropicana Field, Campbell Park Elementary School is home to more than 575 students in grades Pre-Kindergarten-5th. The school’s population is 91% African American and more than 90% are eligible for free lunch. Free breakfast and an after-school meal are also available to our students.
Our goal is to prepare students with the vital knowledge and skills they will need for college or careers, while at the same time encouraging creativity, and a life-long appreciation for learning.
Our objective is to improve creativity, expression, reading and comprehension by providing our pre-K and kindergarten students, with real-world experiences that they can read about in our classrooms. They can touch, taste, and then grow a pumpkin they read about in a book. See farm animals they watched in videos, read about in books, and created with art materials. They can “play at the beach,” in our outdoor classroom with shells, sand, and materials that allow them to build a sand castle, sort “life-like” beach animals and understand which ones live in the water, in the air, and on land. They can then go to the beach and actually see, touch, hear and interact with the beach environment. These life experiences give them the beginnings of understanding, expression, and comprehension of language, the written word and their world.

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Sembler - Experiential and Hands on Learning

School:
Campbell Park Elementary School 
Subject:
Other 
Teacher:
Tiffany Mathias 
 
Beatrice Engwall 
Students Impacted:
75 
Grade:
Pre-K 
Date:
November 29, 2018

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Sembler Company - $2,500.00

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Goal

Located in south St. Petersburg, very close to Tropicana Field, Campbell Park Elementary School is home to more than 575 students in grades Pre-Kindergarten-5th. The school’s population is 91% African American and more than 90% are eligible for free lunch. Free breakfast and an after-school meal are also available to our students.
Our goal is to prepare students with the vital knowledge and skills they will need for college or careers, while at the same time encouraging creativity, and a life-long appreciation for learning.
Our objective is to improve creativity, expression, reading and comprehension by providing our pre-K and kindergarten students, with real-world experiences that they can read about in our classrooms. They can touch, taste, and then grow a pumpkin they read about in a book. See farm animals they watched in videos, read about in books, and created with art materials. They can “play at the beach,” in our outdoor classroom with shells, sand, and materials that allow them to build a sand castle, sort “life-like” beach animals and understand which ones live in the water, in the air, and on land. They can then go to the beach and actually see, touch, hear and interact with the beach environment. These life experiences give them the beginnings of understanding, expression, and comprehension of language, the written word and their world. 

 

What will be done with my students

Our school currently lacks funding to provide our students with real-life sensory experiences pouring, measuring, making educated guesses about how substances will react, and taking our children beyond our school walls and our neighborhood to gain the real-world knowledge they need to be effective learners and thinkers. For that reason, we propose to utilize the funding provided by this grant to schedule a series of scientific, sensory, musical, and technological activities in their own outdoor classroom, then expand on that learning through field trips during the academic year. The activities and field trips will be tied to their reading, science, social studies, and mathematics curriculum so as they begin to read about a subject, they will also be able to experience it.
Field trips may include a trip to Tampa Bay Watch to learn about the marine environment that surrounds St. Petersburg, a local farm, one of St. Petersburg’s world-renowned museums, an airport, the railroad museum in Manatee County, or as simple as a walk through a St. Petersburg park with experiences of the wildlife, plant life, and sensory experiences of a splash pad.
 

 

Benefits to my students

Our students will improve their receptive, expressive, and written language with increased knowledge of their world and through hands on experimentation.

Our students will learn to problem solve through cooperative hands on learning experiences with their peers and teachers . 

 

Describe the Students

Few would disagree that at core of a quality education for every child is their ability to express themselves and understand the world they live in. Mastery of critical thinking, self-expression, and building upon prior learning begins well prior to the kindergarten years as children are exposed, ideally by their parents or caregivers, to the world around them and begin to translate that exposure to their understanding of the their world and the printed word.
In order to efficiently communicate, read, write, and grow in their understanding of the world young children must begin with the core ability to express themselves and draw from their prior knowledge and experiences. For many of our children, their world is limited to the distance between their homes and our school, as their families lack transportation or the means to provide their children with experiences beyond their own homes and neighborhoods. Experiences that many of us take for granted like splashing in the water at the beach or splash park, touching and pouring sand, walking on the beach, seeing farm animals in a pasture, walking down a city street, or even walking down the aisles of a grocery store, are foreign to many of our children. Lack of experience with the world beyond their homes creates a major impediment to their understanding of how to express themselves and how to interpret and use new thoughts and ideas expressed in books read to the them or that they are learning to read.
 

 

Budget Narrative

Sensory and Science Materials/Equipment: sand, rice, bird seed, pumpkins, water beads, magnifying glasses, potting soil, seeds and/or seedlings, caterpillars (with habitats to see metamorphosis to butterfly), paints, shaving cream, artists chalk, and other materials needed for science, mathematics, technology and other “hands-on,” learning experiences = $900.00 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 Field Trips $1,600.00
2 Outdoor Classroom STEM/Sensory Materials $900.00
  Total: $2,500.00

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