Pictured scooping ice cream are first grade teacher Kate Stenger, reading specialist Heidi Taris, and second grade teacher Nichole Price.
Wilder Elementary School’s annual Spring Fling, held on March 20, packed the house with pupils and their families. The staff scooped and served delicious bowls of ice cream in a variety of flavors. The fifth grade team sold pizza. A book fair was held in the gymnasium. And families were given an “ice cream passport” to use while checking out a number of exciting educational stations. For example, “hair-raising” static power demonstrations were given by community member Scott Courts and living wetland organisms were explored thanks to two members from MAD Scientist and Associates. A soil tunnel was simulated by Franklin County Soil and Water and a Blendon Woods Metro Park naturalist shared her knowledge about animal skins and furs. The AEP Energy bike was once again very popular with the students. And Bright Path Active Learning director Erica Wares and two other staff members from the organization set up a simulation where students learned about organisms living in a healthy stream. It was a “cool” evening filled with ice cream, books, and science.