On Thursday February 9, 2017, we will be hosting a special community event for the installation of the Little Free Library at Cheltenham. Please join us at 1:45 in front of the building at the schools flag pole for a special ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating Ms. Sneed’s class from Rise up Community School as they install their community service and math project to bring “Little Free Libraries” to six Denver elementary Schools.
Students in this geometry class at RiseUp Community School, a Denver public charter school, began research and preparation on the little libraries in October of 2016. RiseUp Community School, opened its doors, in the fall of 2015 as an Alternative Education campus with a focus on project-based learning and social justice for grades 9-12. Combining social justice and project-based learning, math teacher Kate Sneed challenged her students to design and build the libraries for six low-income Denver elementary schools. Collaborating with Mrs. Jones’ 3rd grade class, the math students began with a simple design and first built prototypes out of cardboard and eventually used plywood sheets to design, cut, build and paint their special book libraries.
“The students really embraced this project,” said Kate Sneed, RiseUp Geometry teacher. “Not only did they learn more about geometry and building than ever before, they identified with the project, as many of them grew up with little or no books in their homes.”