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  • Millie Bown Russell Learning Community Early Dismissal Days

    October 13, 2009

    What happens when you mix vinegar, baking soda and blue food coloring? An educational explosion! Students from the Millie Bown Russell Leadership Learning Community put their interest in science to use educating marginalized kids at the local Boys & Girls Club.

    (PHOTO: A Rotary Boys and Girls Club member shows off her bleeding paper science project.)

    The learning community is in its second year of a partnership with the Rotary Boys & Girls Club which began with the program “Read to Lead!”, a weekly investment in the reading skills of kids in the local community. The program’s success led to the Club’s invitation to plan and implement educational events for the Seattle Public Schools’ six early dismissal days throughout the year. Early Dismissal Days provides learning community students the chance to demonstrate their leadership skills by providing educational opportunities to this underserved population on days when school is shortened by two hours.

    Learning community students rose to the leadership challenge and put together a dynamic and interactive lesson plan for the event on Wednesday, September 30, 2009. Aimee Corn, sophomore civil engineering major and learning community mentor, and Airol Salanga, freshman Nursing major, introduced kids to the concept of air pressure by drumming colored smoke rings from a garbage-can-turned-drum and helped the kids create vinegar-baking soda volcanos to explore chemical interactions. The kids learned about density through mixture experiments using common household liquids, an effort guided by Casey Jones, sophomore Biology major, Sullivan leader and learning community mentor. The bleeding paper experiment offered by Jasmine Davis, sophomore Criminal Justice major and learning community mentor, sparked the kids’ interest in chemical properties.

    The Millie Bown Russell Leadership Learning Community explores Seattle University’s mission of “empowering leaders for a just and humane world.” The Community is named for Millie Bown Russell, Class of 1948, a champion of educational opportunity and social justice in Seattle. For more information on the community, contact Audrey Hudgins, Faculty Director.

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    Aimee Corn, sophomore civil engineering major and learning community mentor, and Airol Salanga, freshman Nursing major, introduce kids to the concept of air pressure by drumming colored smoke rings from a garbage-can-turned-drum.

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    The kids learned about density through mixture experiments using common household liquids, an effort guided by Casey Jones, sophomore Biology major, Sullivan leader and learning community mentor.

     

     

     

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