Kaneland High School was recently featured on Pond Stars, a new show on Nat Geo Wild, for its courtyard pond. The pond, constructed by several students with the help of Aquascape, Inc. of St. Charles, came to life last year. KHS Principal, Jill Maras and Social Science Teacher, Javier Martinez enlisted the support of KHS clubs and organizations as well as District 302 Administrators to bring their idea for the previously unused courtyard space to fruition.
Nominated members of Student Council, FFA and Science Club, in cooperation withAquascape, Inc. worked 3 long days to construct the outdoor space. The company donated time and materials, as well as their expertise, to KHS student volunteers.
As the students toiled during the non-attendance days last November, they learned valuable life skills. Martinez, who helped coordinate the construction of the pond, commented on its impact on student participants. “The opportunity to work on a real-life project that directly impacted their community gave them life experiences that required teamwork, responsibility, focus, and the willingness to reach outside their comfort zone. AND they had fun doing it! What better educational experience could you ask for?”
The project exhibits not only student and staff commitment to their school, but also demonstrates how school-community partnerships can provide worthwhile learning experiences.
The episode of Pond Stars featuring KHS premiered on September 9th. It will air again onNat Geo Wild on October 3rd. Check your local listings.
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