Cutting ribbons on a new city

Siuslaw Summer School teaches civics, STEAM

July 10, 2021 — This summer, Siuslaw Elementary School is instructing first- to sixth-grade students in a summer school program from June 29 to July 5. 

The program, themed “We Built This City on Heart and Soul,” had a grand ribbon cutting on July 1. Students who will be first-graders in the 2021-22 school year had the honor of cutting the ribbons on the art project that will take up most of the summer. This is the creation of a city, created by the students, including a kid-sized bank, city hall, animal shelter, restaurant, garden, theater, store, gym, observatory, library, art gallery and fire station. 

Eleven elementary school teachers will lead students in team building and fun STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) activities that teach how this community is built on heart and soul.

Summer School Coordinator Amanda Sarles invited district administrators, including Superintendent Andy Grzeskowiak and former elementary school principal (and new high school principal) Mike Harklerode, to attend the opening ceremony. 

Local Girl Scout Troop 11752 began the ceremony by carrying in the American and Oregon flags and led the attendees in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Sarles and Harklerode gave opening speeches, with Harklerode emphasizing civics during his.

The summer program is preparing students for the resumption of more normal school activities in the fall and providing structure for the first part of the summer break.

Students attend Monday to Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., with meals available.

The program will have a special closing ceremony — a display of student artwork will be shown at the Florence Events Center in August.

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