The Friday before the Thanksgiving holiday was an energetic day for students at Wilkinson Elementary. They did their own version of a turkey trot with a twist. Wilkinson Elementary did a STEAM-focused event for its students right before their break from school.
"This year’s theme is 'Trotting Through Florida,'" said Wilkinson Elementary's Turkey Trot coordinator, Tessa Healy. "All the hands-on learning spaces are Florida-themed. We have people from our community that are here to help and reinforce what the kids are learning about Florida nature and wildlife with hands-on fun."
The day started off with a schoolwide gathering in their courtyard where they sang their signature tune, "Try a Little Kindness." The students then headed off to their first learning station where they spent 40 minutes before they rotated and headed off to their next station.
Students spent the day visiting seven STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) learning stations throughout the campus. Each station contained a lesson that was STEAM-focused and related to the Sunshine State.
Principal Susan Nations started this turkey trot four years ago as a kick off to the thanksgiving holiday break in an effort to keep the last day before Thanksgiving focused on learning.
“This whole day is about working together. It’s about being kind and going into the Thanksgiving holiday with gratitude. It was a way for us to fill this day with meaningful learning while having fun. It’s a way to get our students involved with STEAM learning,” she said.
Students from all grade levels worked together and participated in hands-on learning with special experts as they learned more about the state they live in.
This year’s highlights included a station for Everglades Literacy Exploration, Van Wezel Performing Arts on Florida Nature, a virtual station with Mote Marine Laboratory on ‘Swimming with The Sharks’ and Dakin Dairy Farms with a special appearance from a moo-vie star.