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LEAP Enrichment Program
Painting Our Schools Purple
Posted on 05/17/2023
LEAP Enrichment Program

The BTCS Family Resource Center LEAP enrichment program has brought much excitement to the afterschool program in recent weeks! During an April 5 visit from Emma Massick, relationship manager from Girls Scouts of Southern Appalachians, elementary LEAP students from Holston View, Haynesfield, and Avoca learned about mixing the colors of red and blue to paint their schools purple. In the book "The World Needs More Purple Schools," Penny Purple teaches how to be a purple person. A purple person is someone who finds common ground with others while celebrating what makes them unique. By recognizing the differences and talents everyone brings to the school, we create a more caring, respectful environment.

On April 21, Storm Team 11 Meteorologist Alex Williams visited Anderson‘s third through fifth-grade LEAP students to teach them about the science of meteorology. Mr. Williams shared his passion for weather forecasting and how his fascination with meteorology began with a visit from Storm Team 11 Chief Meteorologist Mark Reynolds during his own elementary school days. Mr. Williams emphasized the importance of weather awareness during spring months in our area and offered great tips on staying safe during inclement weather events. Two lucky students were given the chance to try their hand at being weather forecasters using real-time WJHL weather graphics for the day and even looking ahead to the upcoming weekend!

Lastly, David Moscato, science communication specialist from the Gray Fossil Site & Museum, visited LEAP and C4K students at Fairmount on May 11 to share his extensive knowledge of the science of paleontology. He brought an array of replica fossils discovered at the Gray Fossil Site, and students even had the hands-on experience of constructing a replica of a tusk from the largest animal found at the site. To add to the excitement, students also viewed a five-million-year-old bone! Mr. Moscato's presentation and interactive activities were instrumental in sparking students' interest in the science of paleontology and its relevance in today's world.

 According to Kay Ward, BTCS family and community engagement coordinator, the LEAP enrichment program seeks to increase the number of community partnerships aimed at promoting health and wellness, social-emotional development, and academic enrichment opportunities for students. The visits from Girls Scouts, WJHL, and the Gray Fossil Site, were designed to ignite the interest and curiosity of the students and even create a passion for potential careers. In addition, by emphasizing the importance of unity and diversity, we can create more caring and respectful “purple” schools where everyone is valued for their uniqueness.

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