North Gwinnett Students Plan Project at Suwanee Park

'Educational greenspace' will begin in April at White Street Park.

Several North Gwinnett High students are preparing to implement a real-world school project at White Street Park in Suwanee.

It seems the students, who are part of an educational effort called Studio, plan to build an "educational greenspace" near the community garden at the park, and will start their efforts on April 6-7. They already have gotten cooperation from City Hall and sponsorships from several local businesses.

"We don't learn through lectures and notes and quizzes, instead we learn through creating projects, collaboration within our groups, and the implementation of our AKS standards into the products of our projects," student Katelyn Chandler explained in an email. She and other students involved also told several Suwanee residents of this project during last Saturday's tree-planting event at White Street Park.

"We are encouraged by our two teachers, Coach (Nic) Carroll and Coach (Kyle) Jones, to create products that are viable in a real life setting so that we may have the experience that a real job might require and learn how to truly implement what we learn."

"We learn through creating projects, collaboration within our groups, and the implementation of our AKS standards into the products of our projects."

The project is titled Project Scientia de Hortus, or Knowledge of the Garden. Chandler explained that the greenspace is designed to look like a flattened globe of about 40 feet by 20 feet.

"Within the land of the globe, we will be placing day lilies and irises. A path made of river stone will be throughout the sea. We wrote plaques that will be bordering the continents and have information regarding topics such as environmental impact of the continent, techniques that environmental writers use to spread the environmental news, agricultural techniques, and even some of the national flowers of the areas," she continued. "There are 10 plaques bordering the continents with this information, and there are three plaques stationed at the garden entrances that detail the agricultural revolutions."

Sponsors include , Leaves and Petals Nurseries and Georgia Leisure.

"The students are very well prepared," said Dan Robinson of the city planning office.

"It is very inspiring to us that if we put our minds towards something, have a goal, and have a plan to get there, even people as young as we are can do anything and truly make a mark on their community that will hopefully be there for a very long time," Chandler said. "This is the first time that we can truly say that we are using what we learned in school to directly affect the world around us."

Lisa Chandler March 14, 2012 at 01:40 AM
What an incredible idea from incredible kids! Thanks to all the teachers, sponsors and parents for all their support!
Steve Burns (Editor) March 14, 2012 at 11:55 AM
Thanks, Lisa. I also was impressed by how organized and determined these students are.


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