Cool School: Catawba Trail Elementary School

Published: Feb. 20, 2015 at 7:29 PM EST|Updated: Feb. 20, 2015 at 7:34 PM EST
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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Catawba Trail Elementary has been open only since 2011.

Each year the students are introduced to a different book that book is a theme for the entire year. The lesson in that particular book shows the vision of what students are expected to be and know how to do when it comes to their school work and life.

There's a heavy emphasis on a project-based learning. Students go to an elaborate science lab where they get a chance to get hands-on experience.

The students built a wildlife garden outside the classroom, complete with a fish pond. They also planted radishes carrots sunflowers sweet potatoes and several others.

When you walk through the school, it's clear to see that in a short time students have been able to leave their mark. Every year students in each grade along with staff have created an art project that is displayed throughout the school.

The first year they put their hand prints in horsehoes. Then they made a giant mural with bottle caps that include the initials of all the students. Their most recent project is a kahului made from recycled colored water bottles.

"It really gives them a sense of ownership in the school building so they could come back here five years from now, 10 years from now an still see their work hanging from the wall," said Art Teacher Nichole Luckie. "We make sure every student makes their mark."

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