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Innovation Academy breaks ground on ‘living classroom’

Innovation Academy breaks ground on ‘living classroom’
Longview News-Journal

POSTED: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 11:33am

UPDATED: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 11:44am

Sixth-grader Robert Hough III and several of his peers jumped on shovels Monday morning, plunging them into dirt, combining “a bit of creativity” with a “little bit of resources” to make great things happen.

The Innovation Academy on the UT-Tyler Longview University Center campus was the only school in the state to be awarded a grant from Project Learning Tree, the environmental education program of the American Forest Foundation, for a student-led project to create a “living classroom” outside on the school grounds. The $1,000 grant was one of 47 awarded to schools and youth organizations, according to Project Learning Tree.

The students broke ground on the project Monday in an official ceremony.

“I’ve always believed leaders had to rise themselves,” Robert said Monday morning, adding that his belief was wrong. “Innovation Academy puts people in groups, requiring students to rise and lead.”

The Innovation Academy is a public charter school that serves students in third- through seventh- grades. It opened in 2012 and plans to add one additional grade annually until it reaches 12th grade. It is focused on project-based learning.

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