The 7th grade class at iMiddle packed the cafeteria Thursday morning excited and ready to share school projects with their teachers and community officials.
Approximately 120 students used a number of tools including laptops, posters boards and raw hands-on presentation skills to present the results of their three-month-long study.
Kodi King, a 7th-grade social studies teacher, who spearheaded the project said she is beyond proud of her students.
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“We were sort of stepping out on faith with this project,” King said. “But they have blown my expectations through the wall.”
The students worked in pairs to research a rainbow of topics such as having permanent resource officers and service animals at school to bullying, mental health and homelessness.
Thirteen-year-old student Hase Nar researched attainability to higher education for the average joe in Owensboro.
“I’m happy that we had this assignment because I get to express myself,” Hase said. “I want to be a lawyer one day and help the world out.”
Assistant City Manager Lelan Hancock and Commissioner Pam Smith-Wright were present.
“I learned that these young people are thinking more than I expected. I am impressed by the time and effort that they have put into each one of these presentations,” Wright said. “It’s really gratifying to know that our future is in the hands of some young kids like this.”