Box City: Promise Road Elementary Builds Replica of Historic Downtown Noblesville
Writer / Kara Reibel
Declared “Box City” by proclamation of Mayor Ditslear, Promise Road Elementary’s (PRE) third and fourth graders worked to scale down their city into a hands-on experience.
The third grade is currently working on a project titled Noblesville Works. “The students are challenged to answer the question, ‘How can we as Noblesville citizens use the eight habits to help improve the work ethic, communication skills and commitment to work among Noblesville businesses?’” shares PRE Third Grade Teacher Lisa Barthuly. “We are currently working with the city and Mayor Ditslear to help promote the ‘Stay Here Grow Here’ initiative.”
In addition to the Mayor’s office, the Planning Department of Noblesville worked closely with the students and teachers to create a memorable event for all involved.
The fourth grade’s question was “How do we, as mini Hoosiers, help our community build a greater knowledge of Indiana’s land and people?” Students learned about Indiana’s resources and the impact on urban planning.
The students took the knowledge gained from an interactive mock city council to go and build “Box City.” The replicas of the downtown businesses were placed on the city streets. The students then were able to build and create their own homes and businesses to populate the city!