BC: The End
FC: Wedgewood Middle School Sara Greene and Ashley Weston March 28, 2011 Community Exploration Project
1: Wedgewood | Location: Columbus, Ohio Grades: 6-8 Average Daily Enrollment: 570
2: Wedgewood Middle School
3: Economically Disadvantaged: 78% | Limited English Proficient: 17.3% | Students with Disabilities: 16.5% | Continuous Improvement | Met 1 out of 8 state indicators
4: Georgian Heights Elementary | Briggs High School | Eakin Elementary
5: Georgian Heights Elementary and Eakin Elementary feed into Wedgewood Middle School. Wedgewood Middle School feeds into Briggs High School.
6: While spending time in the community we noticed a variety of ethnic restaurants and grocery stores. This reflects the diversity of the community.
8: The community's economy is struggling. There are many vacant businesses in the area. This may reflect the employment status of the people in the community.
9: However, the upcoming construction of the new casino could attract other businesses to the area and help boost the community's economy. | The casino is located about 2 miles from Wedgewood Middle School and is scheduled to open in mid-2012.
10: Socioeconomic levels vary throughout the community. Near Westgate Park there are nicer homes.
11: However,there is public housing located beside Wedgewood Middle School, which is where some students live.
12: Community Resources
13: Wedgewood students can take advantage of the Hilltop Library, Camp Chase, Westgate Park and Community Center, the partnership with Ohio State and Blueprint College, and churches.
14: According to Students | What I like most about my community: my neighbors.
15: What I dislike about my community: crime.
16: So what can we do as teachers?
17: In order to best educate and help our students we can build on their existing sense of community by incorporating assignments such as service learning projects and school community building projects. Students' responses to the community survey should be taken into account when designing these projects in order to make them relevant to students' lives.