For the students of Zanewood Community School, March 17 was all about exploration.
Thanks to the dedication of Zanewood teachers and staff, students had the opportunity to learn new skills in unique, small group settings as part of the school’s first-ever Scholars’ Choice Day.
The event was designed to build interest in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics)-related pursuits while increasing student engagement and creating lifelong learners, according to Scholars’ Choice Day organizers and Zanewood teachers Sara Welu and Kathryn Clingan.
All students from pre-kindergarten through fifth grade participated in Scholars’ Choice Day, taking courses that ranged from modge podge to guitar, catapults to kid cuisine, and nearly everything in between. Clingan, who is also the school’s science coordinator, even led several students to a “dig site” as they explored paleontology. Students pre-registered for the classes that met their specific interests, choosing from more than 20 courses taught by Zanewood staff members and volunteers from Boston Scientific.