Dinwiddie Schools ‘Rock’ with unique learning event

By: Michael Campbell | Twitter: @DinwiddieMonitr
Posted: September 29, 2019 | 1:45 p.m.

DINWIDDIE – It was hard not to bust out into dance or belt out a tune at Dinwiddie County Public Schools last week as several of the county’s schools took part in a special nationwide event that saw students and teachers alike embrace their inner rock star.

Midway, Southside, and Sutherland Elementary Schools joined Dinwiddie Middle School last Thursday in hosting “Rock Your School” events, which is part of a national initiative put on by Get Your Teach On, which seeks to encourage instructors across the United States to create an outside-the-box educational experience designed to engage their students and bring learning to life in their classrooms.

That mantra was embraced at several county schools as many teachers, administrators, and students donned attire that hearkened back to the bright, neon colors of the 1980s, legwarmers and all, to dark black wigs and top hats paying homage to guitarist Slash, all centered around unique experiences and lessons throughout the school day Thursday.

Source: Kae Partin, Dinwiddie Middle School / Twitter

At Dinwiddie Middle School, teachers hosted a number of activities throughout the day, with lunchtime featuring a special from four of the school’s teachers, giving the lunch period a fun musical flair. Similar fun and educational activities were held at Southside Elementary, where teachers mixed in rock star wear with Southside Elementary spirit.

Midway Elementary hosted special STEM, known as Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, for short, activities that played off the rocker theme, with students being able to design either a pair of sunglasses or a boom box. Each grade had awards for most creative and “Wow Factor,” with the Fort Lee military band joining them Thursday with tunes to enjoy.

Sutherland Elementary School saw their rock adventure take an extraterrestrial turn as the school’s fourth graders took part in a special alien-themed escape room where knowledge and teamwork helped them overcome the puzzles that lay before them.

According to organizers with GYTO, thousands of educators from over 1,000 schools in the U.S. took part in last year’s “Rock Your School” event, along with entries from Canada, Australia, the Cayman Islands, Honduras, Brazil, Norway and the UAE. Music artists Paul Stanley and Nick Lachey supported “Rock Your School,” hosted in 2018 at Laurence School in Los Angeles, California.

Teachers and students alike at Southside Elementary took part in last week’s Rock Your School event, a national initiative that seeks to showcase unique and creative efforts to engage students in the classroom. (Dinwiddie Schools)

“Our mission is to engage as many teachers as possible, who in turn will engage and inspire literally millions of students. It all starts with us,” Hope King, co-founder of GYTO shared. “If educators feel inspired, we can be the difference in a child’s life. We can help instill the joy of life-long learning in our students.”

More information about GYTO and their initiatives is available on their website at http://getyourteachon.com. Photos from this year’s event in Dinwiddie’s schools can be seen on the school division’s social media channels on Facebook and Twitter.

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