Pathways Academy of Technology & Design Teams Up with John C. Clark Elementary & Middle School for Global Youth Service Day

Spotlight on Excellence     May 2013

Pathways Academy of Technology & Design Teams Up with John C. Clark Elementary & Middle School for Global Youth Service Day

 
April 25th, 2013 was Global Youth Service Day—an annual initiative that incites young people to get up, get moving, and contribute to their local communities. This year, Pathways Academy of Technology and Design continued its tradition of participating in this event through a school-wide effort that involved every student in various volunteer activities, from cleaning up Keney Park to washing cars for charity, to spending time with the elderly.
 
 
One such initiative which proved especially successful involved a collaboration between Pathways and the students of John C. Clark Elementary & Middle School. Junior and senior high school students at Pathways spent the entire day sharing their technological know-how and resources with local 4th, 5th, and 6th graders. The endeavor was organized by the students themselves, with the help of Math Curriculum Leader Kenya Overton and English teachers Trisha Irving and Havovi Mintz. The goal was to introduce new and relevant forms of technology to elementary and middle-school students, who may otherwise have never encountered them before.
 
 
The high school students taught classes in pairs of two, as the Clark Students circulated from one classroom to another. The day’s schedule included fun and engaging activities using Adobe Illustrator, Microsoft PowerPoint, Wordle, sound production, typing, iMovie, and web design. The younger students were able to show off their creativity with word art and graffiti, direct and edit short movies, produce and record music, and create their own websites, among other things.
 
“The thing I enjoyed the most was Illustrator,” said Clark student Victor Nunez, “because I am an artist and the graffiti inspired me.”
 
 
Clark student Shirlene Lewis reported, “I’ve never been in a real [recording] studio before, and I hope to go again someday…that was my favorite class.”
 
The experience was duly rewarding for the high school students, who spent the day teaching, helping with lunch and hallway duty, and escorting groups of elementary and middle school students throughout the building. By doing so, the students exemplified Pathways’ three key tenants of success: scholarship, citizenship, and leadership. They were able to showcase and apply their skills in technology towards something enriching, meaningful, and impactful within their community. The day was such a success that Pathways hopes to re-create the tutoring project next year, when there may be new and different forms of technology to share with the younger students.
 
Pathways student Natalie Rodriguez summed up the experience: “It was nice to be involved with sharing our technology with younger students who have never used it before.”

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