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Broad Street Elementary School families get an inside look at school activities

Third-grade student Mya George, right, shows Xen Mitchell how to play the Rush Hour game at Broad Street Elementary School's remake learning day Wednesday. EDDIE TRIZZINO/BUTLER EAGLE

Earlier this week, parents of Broad Street Elementary School students toured a community garden space; a Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) classroom; and a paper airplane-making station, all right inside the school building.

The school planned the Wednesday tour for Remake Learning Days, a national initiative that advocates schools to tap community partners to lead programs around the themes of “arts, maker, outdoor learning, science, technology and youth voice.”

Principal Vanessa Boyd said the school has been working to make Broad Street Elementary a “community-centered school,” so Wednesday’s program was about showing visitors how the school has used its unique assets to give back to the local community.

“Our scholars planted herbs that they are going to tend to in our garden ... (which) parents and community members are going to take care of this during the summer,” she said. “We visualized this space as a place for learning support, and it can be a therapeutic space for our students. All of this is going to be used to start our farmers market.”

Butler Area School District planned four events in connection with Remake Learning Days, a STEAM night at Emily Brittain Elementary School, a robotics and coding event at McQuistion Elementary School, and an activity day at Butler Intermediate High School about finding outlets for students’ creative voices.

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