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Barranca students take on project

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A group of sixth graders noticed a problem with the school’s basketball court and decided to take action

By Jennifer Garcia

It’s hard to keep elementary children engaged in everyday activities without them losing interest, so the fact that a group of Barranca Elementary students did cost analysis and are in the process of doing fundraising for a school project is pretty impressive.
The project began when students in Nicole McGrane’s sixth grade class began a conversation about what the Parent Teacher Organization does for the school. The class started talking about how run-down the basketball courts were.
“I told them if they felt that strongly, then they should do something about it,” McGrane said. She never thought the students would actually take action, but that’s just what they did.
Katie Freyer drafted and circulated a petition, on which she gathered 225 signatures from parents, teachers and community members. She then took it to Barranca Elementary Principal Pam Miller and asked if she could present it to the PTO. Once Freyer received permission, the real work began.
George Steinkamp and Andres Maestas got to work on putting together a cost analysis, while Sam Faulk and Ashley Logan focused on providing presentation support.


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