The Marion County Public Schools Gifted and Talented department visited all of the district’s elementary schools using the district’s Dream Bus this week to provide enrichment activities with a focus on leadership.
“We thought leadership was something that all of the students involved could benefit from,” Gifted and Talented consultant Laurie Followell said. The students also received enrichment activities in math, language arts, and science. Students rotated in groups to the sessions which were led by Followell, Gifted and Talented Teacher Dawn Phillips, and Program Director Mike Abell.
Students who are a part of the district’s Primary Talent Pool (grades K-3) and the Gifted and Talented program (grades 4 and 5) participated.
“It was a successful day because we got a chance to get to know the students better, they seemed to be having a good time, and it was an interactive type day where they were moving around,” Followell said. “It was more of a fun day that also provided some learning.”
During her breakout session, Followell asked student to estimate how many pieces of candy were in a clear container.
“I wanted them to look at to have a visual idea, to hold it and judge its weight, to count to a certain extent, and ultimately make a good, informed estimate,” Followell said. Meanwhile the other groups participated in a scavenger hunt and a language arts lesson.
Lebanon Elementary School second grader Dylan Robbins said his favorite part his time on the Dream Bus was learning about the importance of leadership.
“Leaders are always helpful,” Robbins said, adding “being on the Dream Bus is just fun.”
For third grader Dashiah Francisco, the activities were the most memorable.
“I liked doing the scavenger hunt and guessing how many pieces of candy are in the jar,” Francisco said. She enjoyed spending time on the Dream Bus as well: “I think it’s pretty cool,” she said.
In addition to visiting students at their schools, the Gifted and Talented department also hosts weekend Royal Events at The Crown Center, the headquarters of the Gifted and Talented department.
The year’s first Royal Event is scheduled for November 10 and will include a focus on social studies.