Two AIM alumni have already inspired AIM 4th graders to make their learning difference a competitive advantage. When the 4th graders watched short TEDx talks featuring students of different ages whose ideas had made the world, or their community a better place. they were amazed to see AIM classrooms in the final video. The TEDx Solebury School video, Difficulty to Success, features Sophia Gross '16 and Andrew Rosenstein '17 sharing the story of their business Opportunity Rise which raises money and awareness for children with learning differences and their experience in Start-Up Corps, AIM's entrepreneurship class.
Lower School News
The Philly Phanatic appeared in AIM Academy's ACC gym Tuesday, May 16 during a special assembly with SEPTA as AIM students helped the regional transit system kick off its fifth-annual system-wide Safety Day event which features AIM students' art illustrating the PSA message to "Respect the Train."
AIM 1st through 5th grade students wrapped up their ongoing service learning project and fundraising activities for the World Bicycle Relief program by participating activities designed to emulate a student's walk to school in Africa without a bicycle and the weighted chore of fetching water from a water pump. During the simulation, students were divided into two groups; while one group of students walked for a mile, the other group of students carried varying sizes of containers of water to and from a point on the trail. When each group finished, they switched to the alternative activity.
We've enjoyed watching literacy research in action this week as AIM Research Advisory Board member Dr. Don Compton of the Florida Center for Reading Research and six other researchers with the Variable Vowel Collaborative have begun work on another research study using AIM students.
AIM Academy's Occupational Therapy/Speech team worked with all 1st and 2nd grade students from October to January to students engage them in activities to improve language skills, self awareness, and regulation of attention and emotion. Strategies from The Zones of Regulation program were presented and practiced. The Zones of Regulation helps students categorize their feelings and levels of alertness by using four "zones."