Flagler Schools' Indian Trails hosted a tour of its flagships.
It was Indian Trails Middle School’s turn to host a tour on Monday, Nov. 18, of its flagships for business and computer science, robotics, outdoor science, agriculture, and marine science.
The Flagler County Education Foundation program Classroom to Careers has its students preparing for the future today.
The tour started with agriculture and outdoor science, or ROAM (Robotics, Outdoor Science, Agriculture, and Marine Science) where students work on projects such as garden boxes to cultivate vegetables to bring to the table, or the tree program which focuses on nurture and growth of the future landscape of the school.
Principal Paul Peacock and teacher Elisabeth Dias were excited to share the acquisition of 1,500 new trees to add to their current 500. The goal is to beautify the school and to sell the remaining trees to create a self-sustained funding program. Student Bryden Landi mentioned his love and interest in agriculture and his desire for a school greenhouse.
The marine and science lab lead by John Beale currently works on the study of DNA, genetics and quality control, among other topics. A 3D printer has helped to create models that support the classes, Beale said. He will be leading the robotics classes next year.
Seventh and eighth graders are also earning Microsoft specialist certifications in the business lab. These are skills that will help them with the credit acceleration process and to be more competitive in high school, college and life, said Laura Decker, who runs the lab.
The last stop in the tour was in the STUFF closet (Supplying Things U Find Fundamental), a self-confidence building program that provides, with discretion, essential supplies and clothing to students and their families experiencing economic difficulties.
Students are in charge of sorting, inventory, and packing donations; ITMS is the main distribution center and hub of the program. This program helps kids to work with purpose and responsibility, said Joe Rizzo, executive director of the Flagler County Education Foundation.