Camas-Washougal eighth-grade projects help local students prepare for success
Focused on their futures
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Eighth-grade students at Canyon Creek and Jemtegaard middle schools in Washougal are preparing for success at high school and in the real world through two differently specialized programs.Each is designed to help students as they develop new skills and a broader understanding of society and themselves.
The project at Canyon Creek is based on volunteerism. Students choose an area of interest, then are required to write a research paper, complete a minimum amount of volunteer hours that supports their topic, create a poster illustrating their work, and make a presentation to an audience of parents and peers.
"Students come away from this experience with the realization there is more out there in life than 'my little world,' " said Pete Forgey, CCMS eighth-grade social studies teacher. "They benefit from the experience of working with new people and come away knowing it isn't so scary out there. Students also realize that there are people who need help, and they can help them."