Students worked with an architectural firm to design and brand their collected maple syrup, drawn from shared Town of Webb and school property.
From students working with an architectural firm to design and brand maple syrup drawn from shared Town of Webb and school property, to students presenting to a community panel at the local View Arts Center about their project, “Reimagining a Greater Old Forge,” great things are happening in TOW UFSD using a community schools approach. Located in the village of Old Forge and encompassing 566 miles, TOW UFSD enhances the lives of approximately 242 students in grades PreK-12 and community members through the many academic, recreational, health and wellness, and economic development programs and services it offers as the hub of this rural community. The district also educates the students of Inlet and Raquette Lake, which are now non-operating neighboring school districts.
Among its innovative community school practices, TOW UFSD recently created a Community School Initiative Policy to help support community groups expand their operation within the school space. A catalyst for organizing this group came from a survey conducted by the Health and Wellness Fund that found there was a need for a community center—and that the school would be the preferred location. Another driving force for analyzing potential community school initiatives came from the Comprehensive Master Plan committee and their analysis on missed opportunities regarding community character and livability. Recommendations include large capital projects that would benefit the school and broader community, such as a swimming pool, recreation center, intergenerational activities, and sharing spaces for essential services such as daycare.