Having recently investigated the cultural and environmental history of Asheville and its environment, with a focus on the consequences and impacts of migration, FSI high school students have been guided by the question: “What is the value of diversity?”
Student-directed inquiry over the course of this 9th-10th grade Learning Expedition, “On the Move,” has identified a consequence of movement and change: the current shortage of affordable housing in the Asheville area.
Seeking to make a positive difference, through Asheville’s Habitat for Humanity service learning project: Student Build #3, Franklin School of Innovation has joined forces with Christ School, Carolina Day, and ACA .
The Student Leadership teams from each school met on April 20, 2016 at Asheville’s Habitat for Humanity to learn more about fundraising and house-building, and to visit the Shiloh neighborhood, where we’ll be constructing our Student Build #3 home. We were greeted in the Shiloh Community Garden by Anita White, a retired UNCA librarian and expert historian, who welcomed and inspired us with stories of the Shiloh neighborhood history.
Off to a great start, the Student Build Leadership Team submitted a grant to State Farm and was awarded $3,000!
This is just the beginning of a long term service-learning project. Please stay tuned as our FSI Student Build Leadership Team members, Sydney Freeman, Emma McDowell, and Meredith Bordeaux, finalize and share fundraising initiatives. FSI is proud to be the first public charter school to participate in an Asheville Habitat for Humanity Student Build project.
ON THE MOVE! In this expedition, students looked at different populations of people, plants, and animals migrating throughout Asheville. We explored the diversity of these groups and how they have changed over time. In Civics, students completed a case-study of a neighborhood in Asheville, digging into demographics and census data to paint a picture of how the neighborhood has changed; in ELA, students crafted a spoken word poem to reflect the consequences of those changes in their studied neighborhood; in Science, students collected and analyzed data on plant, bird, and tree species, examining a question of biodiversity through a scientific research paper; in Math, students created data displays from their science and social students research using graphs and statistics.