We are excited to share that Butler Area School District’s “Growing a Green Future” project has been selected for a Remake Learning Moonshot Grant.
According to the Remake Learning Network, “Moonshot Grants support big, bold ideas in teaching and learning, ideas that address the challenges and the opportunities currently facing young people, educators, and caregivers.”
That’s exactly what our Growing a Green Future project is all about.
When Butler Area School District reopened Broad Street Elementary School at the start of the 2021-2022 school year, one of the goals was to better serve urban families by becoming a hub for community resources. Broad Street is actually located in what is considered a “food desert” within the city of Butler.
At the same time, Summit Elementary School, which is located in a more rural section of our district, has significant acreage to offer. Summit Elementary families and staff have expressed an interest in making better use of the land surrounding the school.
“While these schools can develop on their own, this is a perfect opportunity to establish collaborative partnerships for the betterment of both communities,” explained Dave Andrews, BASD Instructional Coach who is taking the lead on this project. “Helping different cultures remove barriers and work towards a common goal is an exciting opportunity for our students and our community.”
The “Growing A Green Future” program will enable students, staff, and community members to work together for a more sustainable future for our district, using agriculture and business as the cornerstones for success.
Summit Elementary School is being rebranded as CAPS – the Community Agricultural Partnership at Summit -- complete with a new educational focus on agriculture and outdoor education. Interested stakeholders in the Summit community have quickly volunteered to assist with school development committees, eager to be engaged in the establishment of this program.
Meanwhile, Broad Street, a community centered school, has its own community advisory board. The Broad Street Advisory Board will work with students and staff to create a community store and resource hub at the school to help support the varied needs of local residents. This store will rely on a partnership with the Butler County Area Vocational-Technical School, which will use this opportunity to enhance entrepreneurial experiences.
Produce harvested from CAPS (Community Agricultural Partnership at Summit) will be delivered to Broad Street and sold in the market. Students from both schools will work collaboratively on agricultural problem solving activities through the use of STEAM-infused activities, virtual technology and visits between the buildings.
“Historically, students have been geographically and culturally separated due to community elementary schools,” said Dr. Brian White, BASD Superintendent. “I’m hopeful that the collaboration between students at Broad Street and Summit will help develop relationships and build trust at an earlier age. Having multiple schools working toward a common goal to support our community is really exciting.”
Through the schools, stakeholders will work together to find common ground to connect
their communities, making the district more unified. This project will also lead to increased equity in learning, identifying and supplying the necessary resources for individuals with different needs to be successful, and preparing our students to be empowered, active members of their community.
Thank you to Remake Learning and the Grable Foundation for their support in making this opportunity possible for our community!