I PROMISE School Takes it Outside

Think Like Scientists
Posted on 11/15/2018
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The work required to create real generational change doesn't happen overnight. It happens day in and day out, 365 days a year. From daily visits to the I PROMISE School to once-in-a-lifetime experiences on the weekends, a monthly Hometown Hall meeting and an exploratory trip to a National Park in between, team LJFF is preparing the I PROMISE students and their families for school and so much more.

Taking their STEM learning to the great outdoors, the I PROMISE School third- and fourth-graders went on an exploratory adventure at the Cuyahoga Valley National Park where they were tasked to "think like scientists." As their boots crunched the leaves beneath their feet and their fingers felt everything within reach, they excitedly surveyed the ecosystems of ponds, forests and meadows. With their curiosity sparked at every turn, they made sensory observations, compared organisms, and used their field guides to identify and make predictions about plants and animals. From salamanders to blue spruce and every organism in between, the IPS students became scientists for the day. The visit is part of an upcoming Problem Based Learning Unit that will tie the outside adventure to an upcoming lesson on the human impact on the natural environment with third-graders mastering life cycles and fourth-graders digging in to the effects of weathering. From the fresh air to their muddy feet, this was experiential learning at its finest.

Over the weekend, another I PROMISE student had quite the outdoor experience as well. Bryce, a 10th-grader and member of the I PROMISE program's original class, saw his hard work in the classroom rewarded with the treat of a lifetime as LJFF family member Jarvis Landry hosted him and his family for the Browns' win on Sunday. Standing on the field and shooting the breeze with the Browns' star wide receiver, the happiness painted on Bryce's face was priceless.

Earned, not given. Strive for greatness. Dream big. I PROMISE. The moments created this past week are the embodiment of everything LeBron and his Foundation stands for. This is what the road to generational change is paved with.

We Are Family.

(For more information, visit the LeBron James Family Foundation website.)

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