Card 4 - Erie Canal Project

From the Models of Excellence Project Card Collection

Topic

Grade Level

6th Grade
Genesee Community Charter School
Rochester, NY

Over two years, sixth grade classes created professional-quality reports submitted to the city government of Rochester advocating for the revitalization of the downtown by re- watering derelict sections of the Erie Canal. Students endorsed a previously-failed bond issue and engineering plan to renew the canal pathways and the urban center.

Erie Canal Project
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Students raised funds and, in small teams, visited cities that had successfully revitalized their downtowns through a central water feature—Providence, Oklahoma City, San Antonio, Ottowa. In each city, they interviewed city leaders, engineers, business leaders and citizens to get background data and evidence-based arguments for their report.

With expert guidance, students also surveyed city residents to determine support and successfully lobbied the city to re-open the issue. Thanks to the student campaign, the city has agreed to commit millions of dollars to this project.

Find out more about this project here.

Topic

Grade Level

6th Grade
Genesee Community Charter School
Rochester, NY

Over two years, sixth grade classes created professional-quality reports submitted to the city government of Rochester advocating for the revitalization of the downtown by re- watering derelict sections of the Erie Canal. Students endorsed a previously-failed bond issue and engineering plan to renew the canal pathways and the urban center.

Erie Canal Project
Click on the image to learn more

Students raised funds and, in small teams, visited cities that had successfully revitalized their downtowns through a central water feature—Providence, Oklahoma City, San Antonio, Ottowa. In each city, they interviewed city leaders, engineers, business leaders and citizens to get background data and evidence-based arguments for their report.

With expert guidance, students also surveyed city residents to determine support and successfully lobbied the city to re-open the issue. Thanks to the student campaign, the city has agreed to commit millions of dollars to this project.

Find out more about this project here.