sept. 13, 2016
Last year, a group of Liberty Elementary School fourth-graders presented their community improvement suggestions to Mayor Ronald Stabak, Liberty Supervisor Charlie Barbuti and Parks and Recreation Director Brian Scardefield during an open panel.
The open panel was conceptualized by the student body as a way for
students to directly tell the community officials what they wanted
to see added to the downtown Liberty area to make it a great place
to live and play.
Each student read a series of articles that raised their own concerns regarding childhood obesity, lack of physical activity and dependency on technology.
Using research and causal inference, they decided to write letters outlining their suggestions for improving the Liberty community and addressing those three concerns.
Following the panel, students took part in a brief program and facility survey conducted by Liberty Parks and Recreation.
The panel and the survey resulted in very tangible results: a pledge to move forward with revisiting the types of programs and activities offered within the community to make it more fun and accessible for young students.
The forum was organized by reading and writing teacher Mrs. Jodi Fiddle-Lieberman.
“Through this lesson, students learned about the power of the pen! They wrote their letters with such conviction and passion with the hope of making their community a better place” she said. “With the town's approval, Mr. Scardefield hopes to create basketball courts.”
Results from the survey show that a basketball court was