Why New Albany? Team 6A students are exploring just that question. To help our students become better New Albany citizens and know more about the place in which they live, we are learning about New Albany and all it has to offer. At the end of this journey, students will be creating an advertisement to encourage people and businesses to come to New Albany to live, work, and build.
So far, students have: read Alison Underhill’s book New Albany: A Kid Sized History; obtained a taste of history from a visit to the Ealy House; learned about our fantastic school system from Andy Culp; and gathered information about all New Albany has to offer potential citizens from Alan Hinson and Scott McAfee.
During our reading of New Albany: A Kid Sized History, students learned that their street names tie into New Albany’s history. For example, Yantis Drive is named for William Yantis and Landon Lane is named for Noble Landon.
While at the Ealy House, the Historical Society taught the students that the walnut tree grew in the area and was used to build the house. The students were also fascinated to discover that the Ealy House was built in a square formation, and that the builders signed their names in the woodwork on the top floor.
From Mr. Culp, students took pride in knowing that they are the reason that our school is so great. Mr. Hinson brought light to the fact that New Albany has a respected quality of life that offers families the chance to participate in many community activities (like the New Albany Classic, Founder’s Day, Fourth of July, and the New Albany Walking Classic). Finally, from Mr. McAfee, students learned that in the past 30 years, New Albany’s population has grown by over 7,000 people.
We are looking forward to sharing the student work with the community.