Target 4 — Engaged Community Partners . FWSU staff and students will collaborate, innovate, create and conceptualize ideas and learning with local, regional, state, and global partners to make a difference in their community, state, and world.

Action Step 2 — Engage community partners in a focused collaborative inquiry process.

Indicator of Success — Learning outcomes will be expanded to encourage curiosity, communication, and digital citizenry.

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Today the GEMS 6th Grade students enjoyed the opportunity to visit with Georgia’s State Representative, Carolyn Branagan. During her visit with 6th Grade class, Mrs.Branagan shared insights on her work as a state legislator.

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Rep. Branagan highlighted the high level of commitment in time and energy that is needed to do the job really well. During the student body question-and-answer period, a student asked about this year’s elections. Rep. Branagan responded that she is running unopposed, but that she is still campaigning door-to-door within the community.

IMG_0621As the visit with Rep. Branagan neared the end, students presented some of their thoughts on needs for the Georgia Community. Students feel there is a need to have sidewalks throughout the community allowing for people to move about safely. A community skatepark and a police department was suggested as well.

The final activity engaged students in a debriefing session. Students had great discussions such as:

  1.  What did you take away from the presentation?
  2. What will you remember about this presentation a year from now?
  3. Explain your definition of Citizenship.
  4. Cite examples of teamwork from the presentation.
  5. Cite examples of strong Citizenship.
This rich learning experience fits into the overall 6th Grade emphasis on working together, citizenship, and commitment to community. It was a great day of learning at GEMS!

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