Culture is an important part of a young person’s development and identity, and the Salina middle schools are dedicated to incorporating unique methods to instilling the culture of our community into the developmental minds of our children. The most recent effort from the schools involved sending around 500 7th grade students to participate in the Downtown Salina “Cultural Crawl” last week on October 19th, 2022, and October 21st, 2022.
The Cultural Crawl incorporates a unique take on curriculum-based activities and offers a hands-on experience throughout the downtown area. The goal of the efforts being made is to inform and encourage the young students to utilize the cultural resources around Salina and to learn their curriculum in a unique manner through around a dozen different learning engagements. The learning opportunities included curriculum covering history, art, science, math, social studies, and more.
The organizations that participated in offering this unique learning experience allowing our children to learn in different ways includes the Friends of the River Foundation, Lakewood Discovery Center, Rolling Hills Zoo, Salina Art Center, Salina Symphony, Sculpture Tour Salina, Smoky Hill Museum, The Garage Automotive Museum, and Theatre Salina. In partnership with the Cultural Crawl was Cash Hollistah, a local resident, arts educator, and rapper who spoke at the event and got the kids involved with a short concert to end the event on each day.
Currently, for a short time, photos and student creations can be found on exhibit at the Salina Art Center.
For more information, please visit: salinaartcenter.org