A2 STEAM fifth graders raise chickens and vegetables, sell eggs at a farm stand, and live by the mantra of POWER—Presence, Openness, Willingness, Empathy, and Respect.
Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of quick videos showing how AAPS ensures a culture of dignity, belonging, and well-being through intentional actions each day.
At A2 STEAM, well-being and experiential learning are built into the curriculum. In fifth grade, students each year run a “Clucky Classroom,” gaining first-hand business skills by raising chickens and selling the eggs. Just outside their sunny classroom windows, the students grow and harvest fresh produce in the school garden. During their daily “power circle,” the 5th graders focus on the shared values of presence, openness, willingness, empathy, and respect (POWER), and take time to express gratitude. The hands-on activities and emphasis on wellness create a nurturing environment where students can thrive.