Learning in Burlington means much more than test scores or academic achievement. Burlington students have many opportunities beyond the classroom that provide incredibly valuable life experiences. These experiences often help Burlington students grow as citizens and young adults. I am always proud of our students’ accomplishments in the classroom or on athletic teams but events like those being held on Saturday truly prove how special our students are.
Burlington High School Student HelpDesk members will lead our first student organized EdCamp. The free event will be held at Marshall Simonds Middle School. EdCampxEDU is modeled after the great EdCamps happening all over the world. These “unconferences” provide teachers, administrators, students, and community members with a comfortable setting for having relevant discussions about education. These conversations are often the most powerful form of educator professional development and provide all involved with a chance to participate.
HelpDesk students led by BHS senior Sidd Chhayani have prepared a great day for attendees. They have handled every aspect of the edcamp planning including creating an event website, posting information, Tweeting updates, contacting sponsors, organizing lunch, and getting the location ready for the event.
Marshall Simonds Middle School 8th graders continue their outstanding efforts as part of the MSMS Teen LIGHT organization. On Saturday, Teen LIGHT will host their annual walk-a-thon fundraiser to support local charitable organizations at the Burlington Town Common. This year’s Teen LIGHT project focuses on raising awareness and donations for the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism.
The event features a 5K walk, food, music, raffles, and performances from student dance groups. MSMS students have helped organize the event and take part in all walk-a-thon activities. Their efforts have helped raise thousands of dollars for charities since the Teen LIGHT program began.
There is no question that both of these events will provide Burlington students with great experiences that will help prepare them for high school, college, and beyond. These are examples of powerful learning experiences that can’t always be created or measured in the classroom.
Please support these Burlington events on Saturday, June 1 by registering for EdCampxEDU or joining Teen LIGHT for their walk-a-thon.