EAGLE Charter students build library with pretend money


EAGLE Charter students build library with pretend money

Published 5:43 p.m. PT Feb. 2, 2017 | Updated 9:36 p.m. PT Feb. 2, 2017

“Mom, this feels weird,” said Vienne Doucette-Hardy, 6, as she put on oversized work gloves.

She turned to her mother, who was volunteering in the first-grade classroom at EAGLE Charter School in Salem.

Vienne was at the station where students were hammering nails to attach roof shingles.

Students in K-5 classes at the school use “micro-bucks” to buy trinkets and services made and offered by other students. The initiative is part of the school’s “micro-society” philosophy.

Now, the philosophy is spilling out into the rest of the world for these kiddos.

This week, 24 students used materials they bought from Home Depot with their micro-bucks to build a mini library.

There were paint, nails and orange aprons aplenty.

Students worked together to hammer on roof shingles, paint the door frame, screw in the sides of the little library, and draw their dream mobile libraries.

“Oh my gosh, that’s so cool,” said Penelope Brenneman as she drilled screws into the sides of the wooden walls.

The class completed the library the same day and will soon fill it with a shelf of chapter books and a shelf of picture books. The library will be available for auction at an upcoming fundraising night for the school’s parents club.

The teacher, Stacey Morgan, has done this once before, with one of her first-grade classes two years ago.

The first library is on a corner near the school, where people from the public can take and leave books at their leisure.

John Trotta, the principal at EAGLE, said the project helps in more ways than one.

“We consider the entire process a service learning project,” he said. “The kids work on a project to give back to the community and in the process learn and experience giving and the importance of community.”

Contact Natalie Pate at npate@StatesmanJournal.com, 503-399-6745, or follow her on Twitter @Nataliempate and Facebook at www.Facebook.com/nataliepatejournalist

Published by Natalie Pate

Natalie Pate is a freelance journalist and author based in Salem, Oregon. She wrote about education for more than seven years at the Statesman Journal and now covers education and other topics throughout the Pacific Northwest. She is originally from Colorado and earned her B.A. in Politics and French from Willamette University.

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