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Third-graders - February 2009

Bushland Elementary School

Third-graders at Bushland Elementary School are being recognized as the Celebrate Education February Class Act for designing an interactive medical school complete with a hands-on operating table.

"Not only did the students learn, but they became the teachers, and they won't forget this," Principal Bobbye Morgan said. "The students got every book they could find, borrow or steal, they used the Internet, used the community and experts in the medical field to create this medical school."

The Class Act recognition acknowledges outstanding achievement or special effort in the field of education. The class was presented a $200 check from partners in the Globe-News' Celebrate Education initiative.

The 95 students who worked on the project learned about each system of the human body.

The medical school resembled an emergency room complete with teachers dressed in scrubs, an oxygen tank, IV bags and an X-ray station.

"Who would have thought that your ear has three bones in it?" said 8-year-old Macey Thurman, a tour guide for the skeletal and radiology section of the school. "That was the craziest thing I learned."

The students have been working on the school since October and opened it to parents with a holiday presentation. And the medical school was more than just an anatomy lesson.

"When they could write their songs and use that vocabulary, I knew they had ownership of the information," third-grade teacher Carol Hicks said. "This was a way to meet all their learning needs from art, music and math to language arts and reading."

calendar of events
  • January 11
    Kickoff of 2009 Program
    Find out what Celebrate Education is all about in this special section in your Sunday paper.
  • March 7
    Regional Spelling Bee, West Texas A&M University
    The annual Regional Spelling Bee will feature the top spellers from the Amarillo area. The top five winners will receive scholarship money ranging from $500 to $5,000 and the winner will travel to Washington, D.C., in June to represent the area in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
  • Spring and Fall
    Amarillo Reads community-wide reading projects.
    Dates and details TBA
  • April
    Amarillo Education Matching Grants Program. Exact date TBA
  • April 10
    What's a Kid to Do Special Section
  • April 12
    What's a Kid to Do at the Amarillo Civic Center
    This event will focus on activities and camps for children to participate in during the summer..
  • May 8-29
    Beating the Odds
    A series of stories published daily in the Amarillo Globe-News during the graduation season that profiles people who have inspiring stories to tell about the degree they are about to receive.
  • May 12
    Ready for the Real World program at Amarillo Civic Center
    AISD juniors get training on what's going to face them in a little more than a year.
  • May 16
    Best and Brightest Special Section
  • May 16
    Best and Brightest Event at West Texas A&M University
  • Fall
    Discover College Day
    Fifth graders from area schools visit college campuses.
  • October 1
    Great Jobs Special Section
    Focusing on well paying jobs available in the area that people may not know about.
  • November 2
    Career Education Special Section
    Focusing on businesses and others in the community helping young people gain a career vision.
  • November
    Yes You Can Event
    Designed to help people gain information about the next level of education from GED to PhD. Date TBA.
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