Estherville Lincoln Central fifth-graders found out how fun learning could be when they competed in a 'Popology' contest Friday.
The object of the contest was for students to practice their math and language arts skills by coming up with the best recipe for making soda - and then naming it and designing a label. It was a fun way to give students some real-life applications of the skills they've learned in school.
And the kids got into it big time.
All the fifth-graders were in the recourse room where they watched the judges 'taste test' the pop they made.
This is the sort of practical exercise that students could easily carry out into the community as well. On Earth Day, for example, they could see who could collect the most trash - pull out the recyclable bottles - and raise money for their classes. It would also be a great exercise in citizenship.
ELC Middle School students were also busy this week holding a carnival in the middle-school gym. Money raised is going toward basketball and tetherball courts at the school.
And you can bet that students will appreciate those amenities a lot more since they worked to pay for them on their own. You can also bet they'll take care of them - the value of the lesson of working to get something for yourself rather than simply having it handed to you.
Middle-school staff and administration should be commended for instilling in students such great values of hard work and helping others.
Those are lessons few books teach. In fact, they're life lessons - something the students will never forget.