The Countryside Cambridge Academy at Canyon Ridge Elementary culminated its first semester project with a mock election Dec. 22, during which time voters could voice their opinions as to which improvement projects should be recommended as additions to the City of Surprise.
“Citizenship in Surprise,” as the project was known, involved students assessing Surprise’s current strengths as a city, as well as aspects of Surprise that could be improved upon. Each student generated an improvement idea to pursue. Among the ideas chosen were recreational centers, shopping malls, cancer treatment facilities, animal shelter and training facilities, rehabilitation centers, parks designed for people with disabilities, colleges, and much more. Students conducted a cost analysis of their project, as well as a tax plan to generate the needed funds from voters. They wrote editorials to convince citizens of the needs and benefi ts of their project, and used digital modeling computer programs to create professional floor plans that highlighted their project’s main features. They designed safety protocols for their facilities, including fire evacuation plans, and built physical models to display at the public viewing.
In the spirit of the holidays, each cross-grade level team of five students, grades sixth through eighth, expressed their creativity in the form of a ginger bread house welcome center for their five proposed facilities that incorporated each of their projects’ themes into the overall design of the welcome center.
Fifth and sixth-grade Countryside students, along with teachers, administrators and Cambridge Academy parents participated in the event, which included a silent auction, as well as the guests casting their ballots to determine the overall project winners. Silent auction proceeds will be used to award the top teams for their success.