How can old computers be updated to help low-income families? What skills and supplies are needed to repair a book? What goes into a great promotional video? What's with all the different colored vials they use to draw blood at the doctor's office? And perhaps most puzzling of all: should Doctor Who get a hedgehog as a pet?
The public is invited to share in the exploration of these and other questions at the first-ever Community School Expo on Tuesday, May 30, from 4 to 6 pm in the Flathead High School Commons. Students will host displays and share this year's internships in the community, "learning by doing" in education, health care, fine arts, and natural resources.
A year ago, the FHS Community School concept was a semifinalist in the national XQ Super School competition, a $50 million initiative to "rethink high school." However, in the months before those awards would be announced, FHS Principal Peter Fusaro had given the green light to a contingency plan that would allow the program to launch on a small scale, regardless of whether outside funding was received.
So, although FHS did not ultimately win the XQ grant, last September Community School was able to open its doors to the pioneering juniors and seniors who had registered for the course. These students have collectively logged over 2000 hours of service learning in their internships and volunteer activities. Fourteen students who completed the full year program will be presenting at the 2017 Expo.
Refreshments will be provided by Braves Catering. Doors open at 4 pm.