Mountain View Elementary students set out to tackle real-world challenges faced by public organizations this fall.
A variety of community organizations — including the Clearview Library District — partnered with Mountain View’s third-grade classes to introduce what they do and seek solutions for challenges they currently face.
“Students were asked to look at our community through a citizen's lens,” said Mountain View Elementary teacher April Sampson. “We wanted them to be able to see themselves as productive and contributing members of our community, as well as see how local government is structured.”
After meeting with Public Services Manager Casey Lansinger-Pierce to learn about what programs and services the library offers our community, students broke into groups to brainstorm solutions to library challenges, like space, material availability, growth, and resource equity.
“Students were asked to work in collaborative groups to prepare solutions and justifications in a real-world setting,” Sampson explained.
The breadth of library services sparked ideas for the students’ proposals.
“[The library is] really a resource for anything new they want to learn or experience,” Sampson said. “I think that's where they got inspiration for their library projects.“
The students’ solutions ranged from take-home craft kits and a computer-based book trivia program to a kid-author afterschool program and additional technology.
“The students seemed genuinely interested in helping to solve some of the library's challenges,” Lansinger-Pierce said. “I was impressed with the proposals, and we’re looking at opportunities to incorporate these ideas in the future.”
By partnering with the library on this real-world project, students were able to broaden their understanding of the world around them and engage with their community.
“[They] experienced learning that extended outside the walls of the classroom and into their wider community,” Sampson said. “[They] felt empowered that they could make such an impact, even in third grade.”