Geist Elementary first graders showcase work at city hall, library

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Top, from left, Krista Beck, Quinn Ridgeway, Ben Sprunger, Isaac Sponsel, Mayor Fadness, Kayla Casey, Josie Pardo. Bottom, from left, Evie Patch, Charlotte Huck, Walker Tolle, Bryce Bauer, Kendall Frasco, Samantha Mallov, Ari Beauchamp. (Submitted photo)

Top, from left, Krista Beck, Quinn Ridgeway, Ben Sprunger, Isaac Sponsel, Mayor Fadness, Kayla Casey, Josie Pardo. Bottom, from left, Evie Patch, Charlotte Huck, Walker Tolle, Bryce Bauer, Kendall Frasco, Samantha Mallov, Ari Beauchamp. (Submitted photo)

By Renee Larr

Teacher Krista Beck’s first grade class at Geist Elementary recently completed a project called “Fishers Through the Eyes of a Child.”

“My class was studying communities and the important parts of them. I had the kids create an advertisement in which they researched the (City) of Fishers,” Beck said. “They collected pictures and artifacts from the area. Then they took those big ideas, and they created advertisements to share with the people of Fishers the things that were important to them.”

Beck was so impressed with her students’ hard work she thought others in the community also would like to see the exhibit.

“I thought it would be great for the Fishers (City) Hall, because I know we have lots of people that are moving to Fishers,” she said. “I know that the schools, education and family are very important to those people. I thought it would be nice if they could have some ideas about our community through the eyes of a child, the things that are important to the children and the parts of the community they enjoy the most.”

Fishers City Hall hosted the exhibit Jan. 18 for the students, their families and the community. Mayor Scott Fadness stopped by the for event.

Beck also reached to the Hamilton East Public Library in Fishers, and it will host the exhibit for one month.

“I was very happy with the turnout. I was also very happy with the idea that it’s going to be displayed at the library because I think that’s going to be a place my students would visit a lot,” Beck said. “I think it’s going to be a great experience for them to see their work shown in that way, too.”

Students received more than just a learning experience from the project.

“This was a really good opportunity for them to realize their ideas and opinions do matter, not only to the people in our community but also to new people who would be coming to our community so they could learn more about Fishers and be excited to live there,” Beck said.


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