ICYMI: Renaissance Academy Learners Assist in Naming New Park

Clarksville, Ind.—The Town of Clarksville is developing a new park located next to Renaissance Academy, part of the Clarksville Community School Corporation. The new green space is expected to open later this fall, but it needed a name.  The Clarksville Parks and Recreation board of directors enlisted the help of Renaissance Academy learners to identify an appropriate name for the new park.

Gateway Park currently under construction.  When completed, it will feature a playground, splash pad, covered stage, festival space, and restroom facilities.

Gateway Park currently under construction. When completed, it will feature a playground, splash pad, covered stage, festival space, and restroom facilities.

A banner at the park construction site includes a plan outline.

A banner at the park construction site includes a plan outline.

Over the course of several weeks, a group of 12 Renaissance Academy learners worked together to come up with the perfect name for the park located directly beside their school. As part of the project, the students toured the constructions site, met with Clarksville Parks staff and interviewed local historians.

Renaissance Academy Project Members (Left to Right): Mallory Foote, Samantha Skelton, Bethany Johnson, Aimee Steininger, David Potts, Hayden Parks,Charles Weber, Kailey Barrett, Logan Dailey, Keegan Allred, Jordan Cunningham, Evan Cissell.

Renaissance Academy Project Members (Left to Right): Mallory Foote, Samantha Skelton, Bethany Johnson, Aimee Steininger, David Potts, Hayden Parks,Charles Weber, Kailey Barrett, Logan Dailey, Keegan Allred, Jordan Cunningham, Evan Cissell.

“I have been so impressed with the amount of research our learners did for presenting potential names to the Parks board,” Renaissance Academy Director Brian Allred said. “They took this project seriously and felt connected to it because it was related to their community. Having the ability to meet with guest speakers and review historical information was the foundation for the group coming together to determine what names should be presented. I continue to be amazed at what our young people can do if we just give them the opportunity.”

On Wednesday, Sept. 9, Renaissance Academy learners presented three possible name choices to the Clarksville Parks and Recreation board and staff. Following a unanimous vote, Gateway Park was selected as the name.

Renaissance School

Renaissance School

Renaissance Academy is part of the national New Technology Network educational model and is in its second year of educating learners. The NTN educational model uses project-based learning, an active curriculum that challenges learners to explore real-world problems in order to obtain deeper knowledge of the studied subjects.

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About Clarksville Parks

The Town of Clarksville is located in Southern Indiana, right across the Ohio River and Louisville, KY. The mission of the Clarksville Parks and Recreation Department is to enhance the quality of life in the town by providing the best possible recreational facilities, open natural spaces, and programs for its citizens.
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One Response to ICYMI: Renaissance Academy Learners Assist in Naming New Park

  1. Augustina says:

    You have shed a ray of susnnihe into the forum. Thanks!

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